Kannan Devan Hills gets homestays

Bypassing High Court’s directive and despite government’s objections, as many as 20 bungalows of the Kannan Devan Hills Plantations Company Private Limited in Munnar have been given licence for running homestays.

The Revenue and Idukki district administration have been kept in the dark while issuing licence by the Munnar and Devikulam panchayats. The panchayat authorities have also given NOC to M/s Muthoot Hotels Pvt Ltd to run tourist bungalows on the basis of the licence already issued in the name of KDHP company.

In an interim order dated December 7, 2012, the High Court has said that its concurrence and direction were needed for any decision related to giving licence for homestays or use of the land for tourism purposes.

Full report here New Indian Express


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