Following the suo moto, the state government had to accept through an affidavit that 66 illegal structures were operating in Gir-Somnath, Junagadh and Amreli districts. In May, the government had promised the court to frame a fresh policy to grant permission to new hotels as well as hotels within two-km buffer zone surrounding the Gir forest spread across the three districts — Gir Somnath, Junagadh and Amreli.
Advocate Arvind Singh Supehia, appearing for the suo moto, said, "Claiming they did not get much time to frame the policy, the state government asked for one more month to do so. However, the HC granted only two weeks' time." More than 60 hotels and guest houses — including Taj Group's luxury resort which were found constructed in the buffer zone without adequate permissions -- were sealed by the authority last month following the court order. There are nearly 130 hotels and resorts in the area.