Thursday, February 2, 2012

News Article: HC raps govt in Ramgarh dam case

TNN Feb 1, 2012, 02.33AM IST

JAIPUR: The district administration on Tuesday failed to name before the high court the government officers who made land allotments in the catchment area of the Ramgarh dam that has dried up.

The administration, which was creating a hype since past two days that it was ready with the report to be submitted before the high court, was rapped for its failure by the single bench of Justice M N Bhandari.

The judge verbally remarked that the government officials appeared keen to avoid disclosing details of the land allotments made in the catchment area.

"If no action is taken against guilty officers, illegal allotments in the Dam's catchment area will go on," Justice Bhandari said, while hearing the suo motu petition related to encroachments around the Dam.

The government has been told to not allow any constructions in the dam's catchment area till the petition was pending before the high court. The bench verbally remarked that the persons who were allotted land in the catchment area appeared to be influential people.

The government, meanwhile, pleaded before the court that since the allotments happened as early as 1960 and many of these were caught in litigations before the Board of Revenue, it was difficult to identify these officers. The bench, nonetheless, directed the government to identify as many officers as it can and submit the list before it when the petition comes for next hearing on February 17.

The high court also directed the Jaipur district collector, the Jaipur Development Authority commissioner and the chief conservator of forests to file affidavits on February 17 to state that the Dam's catchment area has been cleared of all the encroachments.

With respect to five roads built under the NREGS in the catchment area, the high court directed the rural development department's secretary to get these removed by February 17 and file an affidavit in this respect.

The court particularly mentioned that it has learnt about some encroachments existing close to the NIMS University and in a village behind this institute. If there are any encroachments there, the state government should remove them by the next date of hearing, the bench said.

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