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Don’t declare Sabarimala a city as it will have far-reaching ecological and legal consequences, appealed historian Rajan Gurukkal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He made the appeal in view of Travancore Devaswom Board’s (TDB) plan “to convert Sabarimala into a city and an international pilgrimage centre”. In his appeal, as reported by The Hindu, Gurukkal, a member of the National Tiger Conservation Authority, says, “Sabarimala is legally an enclave right inside the Periyar Tiger Reserve, foremost among the best protected wildlife sanctuaries in the country.” He adds that he has made several human ecological studies of Sabarimala and impact assessments of development activities there and accused TDB of seeing Sabarimala only as a money-making site. “The TDB has no respect f...

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