Closure of Elephanta Beach, AATO cries foul

Port Blair, Mar 27: Raising voice against closure of Elephanta beach following death of a tourist, the president of AATO has requested the Lt. Governor to constitute a committee to enquire about the death and punish the guilty person. But he pointed out that closure of any tourist attraction place is not a solution as the Wandoor & Chidiyatapu beaches have been closed for swimming since one and half year on sighting crocodiles near the beach.

In a letter addressed to the Lt. Governor of A & N Islands, Mr. M. Vinod, President, AATO added that the death has no connection with the Tour Operators or Car Driver.

Mr. Vinod said that AATO have always extended its full support to the Administration for the security and safety of tourists but due to the closure of Beach the innocent stakeholders are getting harassed.

“The Police officers called all related persons who took the tourist in their vehicle to beach, the operator / persons of all related activities, which is highly objectionable because they were kept in the Police Station till 2 AM in night,” he said.

He further added that AATO can understand that huge pressure from Ministry of External Affairs will be there on Chief Secretary for taking action, but the reason of the death has to be investigated as per report of Post – Mortem from Medical Authorities.


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