Ooty: The DMK-led opposition parties and some private organisations here who had given a bandh call in the Nilgiris on Thursday, to protest the restrictions on constructions and action on illegal construction and such related issues, and also on rent hike for municipality-owned shops in the hills, have put off the proposed bandh plans on Thursday.
Of course, it shocked even the lay men here why these political parties wanted the district administration to withdraw the restrictions on constructions in the 252 landslide sensitive spots across the district.
Everyone in the hills are also aware that the issue related to unauthorized constructions too is pending in the Apex court. The restrictions on constructions in O’valley area too were due to judicial intervention.
On Wednesday evening, these political parties announced that the proposed bandh on Thursday, has been put off. Speaking to mediapersons, B. M. Mubarak, Nilgiris district secretary of DMK, said the district administration of the Nilgiris talked to the representatives from political parties and representatives from other supporting organizations on Wednesday morning, and explained to them the restrictions on constructions in the landslide vulnerable spots and assured it was not a blanket ban on constructions in the hills.
The administration also promised to look into the other demands. Hence, the proposed bandh on Thursday has been postponed for the time-being. “We will wait for some more time to decide on organizing the bandh in future, if necessary,” he noted....