Mystery over club that 'organised' trekking

By Santhosh Mathevan Published on Mar 12, 2018 04:43 PM IST

Chennai: With a lot of controversies evolving overnight, the Chennai Trekking Club (CTC), one of the popular trekking and environmental awareness organisations in south India, has come under the scanner as it is said to be the organiser of the trekking event, members of which were caught in the forest fire in Theni district.

It is reported that the trekkers who were killed and suffered burns in the forest fire were taken by CTC for a trek on account of Women's Day last week.

As soon as news about the tragic incident was out, speculation started to spread. It was said the CTC had organised the trekking camp without proper permission or approval from the authorities.

And it was also reported that the trekkers did not carry proper precautionary equipment to fight such natural disasters. Even asĀ  these accusations were raised in the media, the CTC has allegedly vacated the beach house located in VGP Layout in Palavakkam, from where it was said to be operating from.

However, when News Today visited the house, there seemed to be a twist in the stories revolving around the organisation, as the house was said to be vacated long back and no one stays there.

A driver from the house adjacent to CTC's beach house, said, "The building has been vacant for a long time and no one stays there. Sometimes, a group of youngsters will come here during the weekends and clean it up on the beach side. Even they leave on Sunday after the clean-up operation."

There was a rumour that CTC removed its board on Sunday night that was hanging outside the building when vacating. A trace of the removed board was also clearly visible outside the bungalow. But, a servant maid from the house opposite CTC's alleged beach house, said, "It was actually a To Let board that was hanging for a long time some six months ago and the trace of dust was caused by that board."

However, as the allegations were becoming strong, police officials started to carry out investigations in that area.