Vishva Hindu Parishad today demanded scrapping of a multi-billion Ski Village project proposed to come up at tourist resort Manali in Himachal Pradesh.
State VHP General Secretary, Manoj Kumar in a statement released to the media said the project would not only ruin the fragile ecology of the tourist resort bestowed with vast natural beauty but erode religious sanctity of this place considered auspicious by the Hindus.
It was during the previous Congress dispensation in 2006 that multinational M/s Ford was allowed to buy 4,500 bighas of land for the ski village.
Condemning the state Congress for going ahead with this project, Mr Kumar said the state government was deliberately ignoring public opinion by allowing the firm to purchase the land for a paltry amount in the past.
They said the huge chunk of land was not only the land of ancient sages and seers like 'Sapatrishi' (group of Seven holy saints in Hindu mythology) but it was considered the abode of deity of Lahaul, the God king Ghaipan, during its Kullu sojourn.
Terming it an assault on the sanctity of the holy place, the VHP alleged that vulgarity of western value system would completely erode the culture of valley.
This place was not only known for its religious and natural ambience but was also blessed by nature having rare flora and fauna which contributed invaluable roots and herbs also housing rare wildlife.
Moreover, the area fell under the Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) and it would affect the environment and glacial bodies if tourists to the region were given a free rein.
The project sites also falls in line with the strategic Manali-Leh highway and it would tantamount to compromising with the security of the nation.
The VHP demanded scrapping of the project saying that the previous BJP rule had banned the project in the state after taking stay by the High Court on it despite efforts by M/s Ford to push ahead with the project. But after change of guard in the state, the Congress was bent upon starting the project, it feared. UNI XC SY SD RAI1634 NNNN
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