The Bhopal Citizens’ Forum has filed a PIL seeking direction for removal of illegal encroachments on 180/120 feet wide roads surrounding Shakti Nagar, Saket Nagar, Alkapur Colony, Railway Colony and AIIMS Hospital in Bhopal.
The PIL demands to restore government roads width as approved in the Master Plan of Bhopal city 35 years back.
The public roads are being encroached by way of constructing religious structures like temple, gurudwara, mosque, private/commercial establishments, thereby reducing the approved road width, causing traffic hindrance and affecting other public amenities for pedestrians and other users, the PIL said.
A division bench comprising acting chief justice KK Lahoti and justice Subhash Kakade issued notices to the state government and others during preliminary hearing of the PIL on Thursday. The PIL claims illegal encroachments had been done on public places and roads approved under the Bhopal Development Master Plan by the State Town and Country Planning Department.
The PIL claimed the government authorities, who are charged with the duty of keeping the public roads free from such impediments, have failed to remove the encroachments despite several representations.