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Lack of coordination between various depts: HC

Kerala high court today observed that there was lack of coordination between various departments which led to the Pullmedu tragedy in which 102 lives were lost.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2011 14:21 IST

Kerala high court on Thursday observed that there was lack of coordination between various departments which led to the Pullmedu tragedy in which 102 lives were lost.

The oral observation was made by a division bench comprising justice Thothathil B Radhakrishnan and justice P S Gopinathan after three separate reports filed by Kerala DGP Jacob Punnose, TDB Commissioner, N Vasu and Principal Chief Conservator of Forest T M Manoharan came up before the bench.

The bench wanted to know why Pullmedu was out of the zone of consideration for providing adequate security to the pilgrims.

The court also directed the Union Government to inform its views regarding permitting pilgrims through Pulmedu in vandiperiyar in Iddukki district which is part of the notified wild life sanctuary -- Periyar Tiger Reserve.

The bench directed the Assistant Solicitor General, T P Ibrahim Khan, to file counter affidavit on this and the probable possiblities of permitting temporary use of required land in connection with 'Makara Vilakku' festival in the sancturary.

Advocate General C P Sudhakara Prasad informed the court that the report of the Home secretary would be filed by tomorrow as the Cabinet was meeting on Thursday to consider the report.