Indore-based social activist Kishore Kodwani on Thursday moved the National Green Tribunal seeking it to direct the Indore district administration to stop construction of a court complex on the basin of the Pipliyahana Lake.
Pipliyahana Lake is one of the important water bodies situated along the Eastern Ring road in the city. According to the petitioner, in 2000, the district administration permitted construction of the district and sessions court complex on 11.161 hectare land, which is the basin of the lake.
In 2011, the state housing and environment department had said that the area falls under the green zone and is part of the water body so no construction could permitted on the land, and directed the district administration to identify some other land for the court complex, Kodwani said in his petition to the green tribunal.
A gazette notification was issued in 2012 by the state government and the area is also demarcated as a green zone and a water body in the city’s master plan for 2021, drafted in 2008.
Despite the gazette notification, the directive of the housing and environment department and the city’s master plan, the district administration is going ahead with the construction, Kodwani told Hindustan Times.
“The portion of land allocated for construction of the court complex had submerged under water during the monsoons in June last year, which also indicates that it is part of the lake basin,” he said.
Kodwani further alleged that the Indore Development Authority (IDA) had “encroached upon” a portion of the lake’s area and started developing it as Scheme No. 140.
Local political leaders and the IDA are making claims of rejuvenating the lake–the same area that has been allocated for construction of the court complex– and develop it into a recreational area.