The Kerala Government claimed that the Tatas and Harrisons have encroached upon Government land. The companies promptly denied that through newspaper advertisements.
The Government ordered a satellite survey to determine the extent of encroachment at Munnar. Though months have passed, nothing is heard of the survey results. Recently, it asked the proprietors of Merchiston estate to vacate.
Well, the Government does not mean all that it says. It had no objections to the High Court granting a stay to Merchiston estate. To fight the experienced and well-paid counsels of Harrisons, it deputed a son of one the CPI MLAs. He told a television interview recently that the Merchiston and Ponmudi were part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve!