MP govt told to give records on river encroachment

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Mar 28, 2015 16:18 IST

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked the directorate of town and country planning, Madhya Pradesh government, to submit all revenue records based on which various development permissions were granted parallel to the river Kaliasote, said petitioner in the case Subhash Pandey.

The tribunal has sought the records in the next hearing scheduled on March 30.

The NGT's central bench issued a direction in this regard on Friday while hearing a petition seeking demarcation of the Kaliasote river and removal of illegal constructions from its green belt.

The 36-km-long Kaliasote river is a tributary of Betwa River in Huzur tehsil of Bhopal district. It starts from Kaliasot dam near Chuna Bhatti in Bhopal and flows into Betwa river near Bhojpur temple in Raisen district.

In August last year, the tribunal had directed the state government to remove encroachments from 33-metre green belt on both sides of the Kaliasote river and its riverbed.

The tribunal had also directed the government to explore at what points along the river there is a need to construct sewerage treatment plants, and present the report before it. It had also directed the authorities to demarcate the greenbelt along the river and set up minarets.

Pandey said that there were around 20 colonies and housing projects that have come up along the Kaliasote river and around 256 khasra numbers were close to the river bank, which need to be examined for violations.

During its last hearing, the tribunal had summoned the state chief secretary to appear personally before it today.

"He (the chief secretary) sought exemption from personal appearance and sent principal secretary (housing and environment) on his behalf. As NGT gave exemption for today only, it is clear that chief secretary will have to appear in the next hearing," Pandey said.

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