Monday, June 18, 2018

Remove All Encroachments Within 6 Months: HC

Vineet Upadhyay | Times of India | June 14, 2018

Nainital: Uttarakhand high court on Wednesday ordered the state government to remove all the encroachments from village ponds/johars, play grounds and common grazing land within a period of six months and to constitute a committee comprising of six members, including the pradhan of the village panchayat, to identify and locate the ponds/water bodies in their respective jurisdiction.
The order by division bench of justices Rajiv Sharma and Lok Pal Singh dated June 13, 2018 stated, “The chief secretary shall file the compliance report on his personal affidavit within this period.”

The court also directed the government to ensure that all the illegal entries changing the nature of the ponds/ common grazing land/ johar are reversed and the land is restored to its original nature, and if necessary, by carrying out digging up operations.

The HC in series of directions ordered the state government to ensure that all the johars/ponds/water bodies are fenced and protected, to ensure that encroachment doesn’t take place.

The HC remarked, “The state government is remiss in discharge of its duties. It is the duty cast upon the state to protect/preserve/conserve the water bodies taking into consideration their importance to the environment and ecology of the area.”

In another decision, the high court ordered the constitution of a four-member “high-powered” committee to verify encroachments by hotels and resorts adjacent to Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR) in Nainital and Almora districts.

The four-member committee includes senior advocate BC Pandey and other practicing advocates of the HC — Shobit Anjali Bhargav and Mahavir Singh Tyagi. District magistrate of Nainital, sub-divisional magistrate of Ramnagar and revenue officials of Ramnagar will be assisting the committee.


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