Facts for Prelims (FFP)
Context: A Supreme Court-appointed committee has declared 12 private resorts along the Segur elephant corridor illegal.
- This corridor is vital for the movement of elephants and other wildlife between habitats in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.
- The resorts were challenged by the owners who claimed the corridor didn’t comprise an elephant habitat. The committee ruled in favour of protecting the corridor, noting that the resorts had erected illegal structures that hindered elephant movement.
- While this decision safeguards the corridor, it has economic consequences for local communities reliant on resort employment.