(EDS: Rpting after changes in third para) Kochi, Apr 2 (PTI) Kerala BJP leaders today met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, seeking the Centre’s intervention in addressing the issue of encroachments at the tourist town of Munnar in Idukki district.
The BJP delegation, led by party state Chief Kummanam Rajasekharan, informed Singh that the hill station “may witness Uttarakhand-like disaster” if encroachments and illegal construction on the fragile land were not stopped.
They alleged that the encroachments were done with complete support of a local MLA and MP RPT local MLA and MP and politicians from both ruling CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) and opposition UDF, headed by the Congress.
They said they met Singh as he is handling the National Disaster Management Authority.
The BJP leaders said the Home Minister assured them of necessary steps to deal with the situation.
Singh was in Kochi to attend the P Parameswaran Navati Celebrations, organised by Bharathiya Vichara Kendram, a Sangh outfit.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said that the government would bring in restrictions on building tourist resorts in Munnar and take stringent action against encroachments.
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