Tuesday, February 14, 2012

News Article: HC finds govt guilty of killing city's lifeline

Source: DNA | Last Updated 04:51(09/09/11)

Jaipur: The Rajasthan High Court ordered removal of all encroachments in the catchment area of the Ramgarh Dam in Jaipur after a committee appointed by the court blamed 7 government departments for being negligent in their duties.

The court pulled up the government over rampant encroachments in the catchment area of the dam. The encroachments blocked the flow of water to the reservoir, which was once considered the city's lifeline.

During a hearing of the case on Thursday, the committee constituted by the court blamed the government for not only being negligent towards its duties but also for facilitating the encroachments by chanelling funds for construction of roads and development of obstructions in the dam's catchment area.

The committee observed that the irrigation department, rural development department, forest department, the Jaipur Development Authority, the pollution control board and the mines department have been careless in their discharging their duties which led to the cropping up of illegal constructions in the Ramgarh Dam.

The committee observed that these departments aided encroachments by constructing roads and watersheds, which made it impossible for water to flow into the dam.

The report also mentioned that a hotel with several ‘pucca construction’ on more than 700 bigha of land belonging with the former royal family has been constructed in the area.

After going through the report, the court ordered the forest department to submit a report informing HC of details on the forest land encroached in the dam region and have each of them removed. The court directed the department to ensure that no new encroachments take place in the future.

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