Mysore Grahakara Parishat (MGP) will approach the Supreme Court in its last bid effort to stop the ongoing ‘development works’ atop Chamundi Hills, here.
The state government has gone ahead with the construction of a multi-level parking facility, shopping complex and shelter for pilgrims. All these works have been going on at a brisk pace despite strong opposition from the people and various organisations.
MGP’s move follows a slew of protests that were unsuccessful in stopping the works while the Public-Interest Litigation (PIL) before the High Court of Karnataka was dismissed on April 3, 2017, but granted the MGP the liberty to approach the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in two weeks to make a representation.
MGP members Bhamy V Shenoy and Ashvini Ranjan on Monday said that they have decided to file a Special Leave Petition (SLP) against this ruling in the Supreme Court and continue their efforts to save the hills from wanton ‘development’.
In a press release, the MGP members said that as Chamundeswari Temple generates a huge amount of funds and has accumulated over Rs. 80 crore, politicians have always been ready to propose projects to spend on in the name of development and to provide facilities to the increasing number of pilgrims.
Even though the politicians were fully aware that all such projects would harm the ecology and affect the beauty of Chamundi Hills, their greed for pelf is uncontrollable,” the MGP said.