NGT lifts ban on constructions within 200 metres of Kaliasot

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Oct 08, 2015 18:19 IST
A view of constructions near Kaliasot river in Bhopal. (HT photo)

In a relief to builders and residents, the National Green Tribunal on Wednesday lifted the ban on constructions within 200 metres of the Kaliasot river with a rider that housing projects requiring clearance from the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) should get it at the earliest.

The green panel had banned further constructions within 200 metres of Kaliasot river in March this year.

Lifting the ban will provide relief to the people living in 20 housing projects that have come up on 256 khasra numbers along the Kaliasot river, said Subhash Pandey, an environmentalist and petitioner in the case.

The 36-km-long Kaliasot 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.

Pandey said he was not satisfied with the NGT directions.

“The counsel of the state government sought two months time from NGT to submit details of the demarcation of Kaliasot river and identification of encroachments in the riverbed and green belt. When the report of demarcation is yet to be submitted, the ban on constructions should not have been lifted,” he said.

The petitioner said the government also informed the green panel that eight builders had dumped building material in the green belt and riverbed of Kaliasot to extend their boundaries.

The government is removing the dumped building material and 60% work has been completed in the last few weeks, the government counsel informed the green panel.

The tribunal has also directed the administration to remove all the dumped material in the green belt and riverbed of Kaliasot and ensure dense plantation in the green belt, said Pandey, adding that the green panel has directed the government to ensure compliance of its directions within 60 days.

Following the earlier NGT orders, the authorities have almost completed the demarcation of the Kaliasot river and are now identifying the encroachments. A report in this regard was submitted to the tribunal on Wednesday.

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

The bench had also directed the government to demarcate the green belt of the river and explore at what points along the river there was a need to construct sewerage treatment plants.

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The NGT directed both the governments to submit the plan before the tribunal on November 4, the next date of the hearing, said Ashwani Dubey, the petitioner in the case.

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