HC criticizes govt for apathy towards Mahasu peak land encroachment

North Gazette News/Shimla
Himachal High Court on Wednesday criticized state government for its apathy towards development of Mahasu peak and encroachment of government land by Kufri Fun World. The court has posted the matter for hearing on December 24.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan passed these orders on a petition

taken up suo moto by the Court as Public Interest Litigation on a letter written to the Chief Justice by Infinity Adventure Tourism.

The Court appointed Dilip Sharma as amicus curiae to assist the Court and directed the Kufri Fun campus, Mahasu peak resort and Devta Commitee, Nag Devta Chirah to file their replies within four weeks.

In the reply filed before the Court, Shimla Deputy Commissioner submitted that Mahasu Peak Resorts and Kufri Fun Campus Adventure Park had encroached upon government and forest land measuring 0-68-81 Hectares and 0-27-26 hectares respectively.

In its report, DC Shimla had said that encroachment cases had been filed against all the encroachers who had created permanent structures, whereas the temporary structures illegally used for running dhabas, gift shops on the encroached forest land had been removed by the Forest department.

“Coercive steps are taken to stop illegal adventure activities to prevent any untoward incidence in future after a tourist lost his life in zip line accident on June 7, 2014,” the report added.