Thursday 31 August, 2017
Dispute over ownership of Curieuse
Pralinois families ask government to show deed for Curieuse island before plans for the island’s future are approved.
By L. Valentino
Curieuse island jumps up the developments list with two proposed future developments. The island, which is a haven for the Aldabra Giant Tortoise and the Coco De Mer, may soon have two restaurants to accommodate the wide range of tourists visiting the island daily. However, a group of families on Praslin have initiated a battle to claim back Curieuse island which they affirm is their possession. Some of these family members spoke to TODAY, insisting that the land belongs to their aunt and was taken away from them by the colonial government.
The island in the past was being used to quarantine leprosy patients, for almost a hundred years. Today, the ruins of the leprosarium still stand on the shores of Anse Jose. The family, who says they own the land, claim that their relatives who lived on the island had leprosy. The latter allowed a part of the island to be used as a quarantine area.
They argue that the land was taken away from them for unclear reasons. They are therefore protesting and asking the government to show the deed of the island before any construction is authorised. Whether the land was bought by the government or not is not certain.
According to online sources “In 1967 a fire destroyed much of the vegetation on the island, including more than 150 Coco De Mer palms. Following this event, the government took ownership of the island and introduced various restoration and conservation projects. It is also explained that Curieuse was first used as a leper colony in 1829 and it functioned in this capacity until 1965, two years before the fire,” this being the only information available about Curieuse island.
Following these claims, it can be added that a set of regulations also projected for the island is in the loop. Destination management companies (DMCs) are urging for infrastructure for formal restaurants, while small operators have been providing their own catering services. These small operators, the licensed boat charters, who make their daily living transporting clients to the island are being affected by such developments. “Not being able to keep up to the high standards of the DMC’s, we are all forced to attend to their standards and lower our prices. We bring our clients on the Curieuse island and we prepare a nice barbecue for them. This is something the DMC’s are missing. They rarely provide barbecue,” insisted a boat charter owner at Côte D’Or Beach.
- Grubi -
Diese Insel MUSS so bleiben wie sie war bzw hoffentlich noch ist.
Es wäre sehr schade wenn all die Mühe die Insel über und unter Wasser zu schützen um sonst war.
Die Anzahl der Ausflügler sollte nicht weiter steigen. Da hatten wir schon genug Probleme die "normalen" Touristen auf Abstand zu den eierlegenden Schildkröten zu halten.
Extrem nervig waren die in ca. 50-100 m entfernt ankernden Katamarane , vollgepackt mit Party Touris die bis spät in die Nacht extrem laut Musik hörten. Denn für uns ging der Arbeitstag zum teil um 4.30 Uhr wieder los.
Nunja, trotzdem kann ich Curieuse jedem nur empfehlen. Ich werde dieses Jahr wieder dort sein. Dieses mal für 3 Monate.
Achja....bitte nicht einfach das Gelände der alten Lepra Station betreten. Vorher fragen kann ja nicht so schwer sein. Dort wohnen und arbeiten wir.