Illegal Constructions in McLeod Ganj Threatening Dalai Lama Security

There is a strong complain from the responsible authorities carrying the important task of ensuring the safety and security of the Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama on behalf of the Indian government that unauthorized and illegal constructions in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala is threatening His Holiness’s security according a letter by the Office Director and liaison officer to the Dalai Lama.

Office Director and liaison officer to the Dalai Lama for Union Ministry for External Affairs, Siddharth Malik complained that besides threatening the security of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the problem with unauthorized and illegal constructions in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala is obstructing the daily functioning of their office.

Unauthorised and illegal constructions by certain hotel owners are threatening the security of the Dalai Lama, besides obstructing the working of the office of the Union Ministry for External Affairs, which is also the liaison office to the Tibetan spiritual leader.” said the report in The Tribune on Friday.

According to the letter from Siddarth Malik, along the road to their office exclusively meant for the liaison office that was on protocol duty with the Dalai Lama, and Bhagsu hotel, a Himachal Government property, some hotel owners have illegally made constructions which is now causing traffic jams and their duty as protocol order of the Dalai Lama is getting affected.

Mr. Malik also informs that despite his complaints to SP, Kangra, Deputy Director Tourism, and the Dharamsala Municipal Corporation, the situation hasn’t changed. The office located in a heritage building on 1, Mortimer Hall, McLeodganj is now surrounded by illegally built multi-story buildings that encroaches the privacy of working in the office. Therefore the director is writing to the Union Ministry of External Affairs to intervene into the matter.

“Since no action was being taken by the local authorities regarding the illegal constructions coming around the office, we shall be writing and seeking intervention of the Union Ministry of External Affairs also in the matter”, the director said according to the Tribune.

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