Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has decided to constitute an expert committee to identify a suitable location for the modern court complex in Indore. The committee will take a final decision after holding discussions with all the stakeholders and also with the high court.
MP and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan conveyed the CM’s decision to media at Residency Kothi on Friday. Mayor Malini Gaud and some BJP MLAs were also present on the occasion.
Mahajan said that she was happy that people of Indore have come together to save a pond. “People from different sections of society want that the court complex should not come up near the pond and I am glad that a consensus has been reached,” she said.
The Mayor said that the Pipliyahana pond will be developed and a park will be built and other beautification works will be carried out.
The CM’s decision follows four days of agitation launched by Indore residents in the form of ‘Jal Satyagraha’ to save Pipliyahana reservoir. The CM had on Thursday withdrew decision to construct modern court complex in the area.
The decision to construct the court complex by compromising the reservoir area attracted severe criticism from various quarters including activists, environmentalists, residents, non-governmental organizations and Congress and BJP legislators alike.
The state government hopes to increase the strength of sitting district and session judges in Indore to at least 200 in next five years. They feel such a modern facility would be needed to accommodate the enhanced capacity, as the old district court complex near Gandhi hall offers very little scope for upgradation.
In March this year, the central bench of NGT comprising judicial member Justice Sonam Phintso Wangdi and expert member Dr Satyawan Singh Garbyal ruled that only 3.674 hectare as reservoir area and construction can take place at least 30 meters away from the ‘full tank level’ of the water body, on the condition that the water body should not suffer any kind of damage.
On the contrary, after the orders were passed the building company constructed a 12 feet wide wall running across the water body, separating the entire area in about 3:7 ratio, which triggered the people to stage agitation.
Kodwani refuses to end his Jal Satyagraha
Social activist Kishore Kodwani who is staging Jal Satyagraha at the Pipliyahana lake to protest against construction of court complex, refused to end his Satyagraha saying that he will end his protest only when he sees the chief minister’s order.