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‘Notify catchments of water bodies in state’

MP Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) on Thursday issued detailed recommendations to the state government to take up strict conservation measures and submit action taken report.

bhopal Updated: Jul 05, 2013 11:13 IST
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Taking serious cognisance of the unmindful exploitation of various water bodies in state, especially Upper Lake in Bhopal, the MP Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) on Thursday issued detailed recommendations to the state government to take up strict conservation measures and submit action taken report to the commission within six months.

The recommendations were finalised by acting chairperson justice AK Saxena and member Virendra Mohan Kanwar.

Among the most important recommendations of the commission are setting up of independent authority or commission for conserving all water bodies in the state including lakes, ponds and rivers.

The decision of this authority should be final for any activity in the catchments and its orders should be binding upon the state government.

A press statement by joint director (public relations) Rohit Mehta said the commission has also said catchments of all water bodies should be defined and notified and markers should be set up in all the catchments.

Construction should be strictly prohibited in catchments and strict action should be initiated against encroachers in these areas. Action should also be taken against officials who fail to check or take action against encroachers.

The entire submergence area should be property of the state government.

If any construction has been done in the submergence by use of concrete, road metal or like, these should be removed and the area brought back to original status, the commission has said.

Agriculture with use of chemical fertilisers should be banned in catchments and only organic agriculture should be allowed and waste from factories should not be allowed to flow into the water bodies.

The government has also been asked to immediately enact law for conservation of water sources including rivers and take up the issue of water conservation on priority.

The commission has issued specific recommendations for the Upper Lake in Bhopal, asking the state government to remove all encroachments around the lake within six months and withdraw any permission of constructions in its catchments, if already given.

No fresh permission for construction, demarcation of plots or farm houses should be allowed in Upper Lake catchments until new Bhopal Master plan is released.

No roads should be constructed in the catchments, all wastewater sources merging into lakes in the state should be closed down and encroachments from origin of Kolans river (one of the main feeder rivulets for Upper Lake) till the lake should be removed and the river should be de-silted and deepened, the commission has said.