The last straw was when the land’s grasslands were destroyed in the Great Lawn Fire of 2013.
The land was so burnt that it was a national monument and had been declared a national heritage site.
The land was left in ruins.
Since then, many locals have been fighting for their rights.
Read more In 2016, an independent group of local farmers had sued the state government, saying the land should not be destroyed.
A month later, a court ruled in favour of the farmers, but it has taken years to clear the land.
In July 2017, the state cabinet passed a bill to reclaim the land, but not before it had been repeatedly delayed by the Supreme Court.
The government has since appealed the Supreme Bench decision.
What we need to do is to protect these lands from the destruction of the fires and ensure that the land remains a heritage site for generations to come.
It is a very sad day when we have to say this.
This is a sad day for the people, for the country, and for the environment.
The state government should take heed and protect the soil of this land.