DISTRICT PLANNING Committee (DPC) on Thursday passed a resolution that would require its approval for digging tubewells in future.
Henceforth, all proposals including those of MPs, MLAs and Indore Municipal Corporation for digging tubewells in the district will be placed before DPC for clearance. The decision has been taken in view of Indore district being declared a dry region. There are about 3,000 tubewells in the municipal limits alone.
Raising the issue at DPC meeting held at the Collectorate on Thursday, Mayor Uma Shashi Sharma expressed the need to frame a policy on tubewell-digging to regulate unchecked excavation. MLAs Manoj Patel, Laxman Singh Gaud, Usha Thakur, Indore Development Authority Chairman Madhu Verma and District Collector Vivek Aggarwal supported her and asserted that land encompassing Indore district would no longer sustain it.
When public representatives alleged that concerned thana in charges take bribe of Rs 2,000 to turn a blind eye towards tubewell digging, Minister in charge of the district Himmat Kothari asked ASP Dharmendra Choudhary (present on behalf of SP) to suspend such TIs.
“What joke is this? Collector has banned digging and police are taking bribe to encourage the same,” he fumed and asked officials to submit a report on tubewells dug after the ban so that action could be taken against the guilty.
As a result, another resolution was passed that fixed the responsibility of preventing unauthorised excavation on IMC daroga, police beat officer, Patwaris and Panchayat secretary in their respective areas.
Forest Department was another target. When elected representatives complained of illegal tree felling and encroachment on forestland, Kothari demanded a compliance report within a week.
Similarly, Women and Child Development Department and Western Region Electricity Distribution Company came under scathing attack for failing to provide four types meals at Aganwadi and not replacing the defunct transformers respectively, especially in rural areas. The Department has been sanctioned Rs 3.17 crore for meals at Aganwadi out of which it has spent Rs 88 lakh.
To MP Obedullah Azmi representative Tariq Khan’s allegation that farmers’ land were being taken up to form two SEZs near the airport, Aggarwal said that village lands would be acquired for IT park and not for SEZ. He added that apart from compensation to farmers, they would be given a 3000-sq ft developed plot and job to one member of their family. “It will be difficult to attract big buyers without making consolidated chunks of land available to them.
Besides, there is need to generate employment opportunities through IT park to sustain growing urban population,” the Collector remarked.
Other resolutions passed included incorporating 27 villages in municipal limit and extending the fishpond lease from three to 10 years. The activities of fisheries and animal husbandry department were also reviewed at DPC meeting.