Mantalai-Sudhmahadev: DB seeks affidavit on timeline for tourism projects -
Mantalai-Sudhmahadev: DB seeks affidavit on timeline for tourism projects
Posted 29 May 2018 05:36 PM

A Division Bench (DB) of State High Court comprising Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur and Justice Sanjay Kumar Gupta on Monday directed the State to file an affidavit stating the period within which the developmental projects with regard to the development of Mantalai and Sudhmahadev will be completed along with the details of the amount that has been spent on these projects till now.

The court direction came in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Advocate Summit Nayyar seeking respondents to develop/improve the tourist infrastructural facilities for the Mantalai-Sudhmahadev including temples which attract a large number of tourists every year both in summer and winter seasons and to take effective measures as expeditiously as possible.

Advocate Sumit Nayyar appeared in person while Government Advocate A.H Bhat represented the State.

In the PIL, it has been submitted that Sudhmahadev and Mantalai temples in Udhampur District are considered sacred. “Sudhmahadev temple is situated 120 km away from Jammu. A few kilometers farther is the Mantalai temple, at an elevation of 1450 metres from sea level. These temples were built around 80 years ago. It is said that the Goddess Parvati was born at the location of Mantalai temple and also believed that Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati here”, the PIL submitted adding that Dhirendra Bramchari, the yogic mentor of former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was killed in a air crash in June 1994 and his property worth hundreds of crore in Mantalai Aparna Asharam is gathering dust. “In the past several years the state government has failed to suitably bring the tourist resort on the tourism map of the State. The respondent has failed to tap the tourism potential of the area which is still in the state of infancy with regard to development”, the PIL submitted adding that the immoveable and movable property located inside the sprawling ashram built over 1002 kanals of land is almost lying in dilapidated condition. “Out of 26 rooms of the under construction five star hotel, the automatic locks of one dozen rooms are broken and nothing is lying inside these rooms. That after his accidental death in a private plane crash on June 9, 1994 the yoga guru’s property was left untouched by the successive State governments”, the petitioner submitted.

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