Arundhati Roy loses appeal to retain Pachmarhi wildlife holiday homeApril 23rd, 2011 - 7:25 pm ICT by ANI
A government ruling has confirmed that only tribesmen with inherited plots can build on land set
aside for the Pachmarhi wildlife sanctuary where Roy has her abode.
The reserved area is home to tigers, leopards, sambar deer and flying squirrels in almost 3,000
square miles of Teak and Sal forests.
Roy’s husband, Krishen who purchased the land in 1992 claims the land was never tribal-owned.
“I first visited in 1981 and came back 11 years later and completely fell in love with it because it
was relatively unspoilt,” the Telegraph quoted him as saying.
“We bought the land and seven years later, were served a notice by the forest department. They
said the land was notified as an intended sanctuary and national park. We were not aware of the
notification,” he added.
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