Hundreds of people on Sunday morning gathered at Pipliyahana reservoir in Indore to celebrate their ‘victory’ against the state government, which pulled back its decision to construct a district court complex following the opposition from locals.
After taking note of the demonstration, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday announced to take stop construction of the court complex at Pipliyahan. He also constituted a committee to find another site for the court complex in the city.
The chants of ‘Vande Mataram’ reverberated and the tricolor fluttered at the site where people had launched ‘Jal Satyagraha’ on July 10 to save the reservoir. Noted activist Medha Patkar had lent her moral support to the peaceful movement.
Activists Kishore Kodwani, Kalyan Jain and Tapan Bhattacharya thanked and congratulated the people for putting up a strong resistance to save the water body.
Congress MLA Jeetu Patwari and his party colleagues Pramod Tondon, Arvind Bagdi and Kripashankar Shukla mingled with the people and exchanged greetings.
Meanwhile, city-based activist Kishore Kodwani, who steered the fight to save the water body, was reluctant to end his fight until a written order to stop the construction was issued.
In March, the National Green Tribunal ruled construction can take place at least 30 meters away from the ‘full tank level’ of the water body on the condition that it should not suffer any kind of damage. But later a 12 feet wide wall was constructed running across the water body, triggering outrage of the people.
Cong hijacks Pipliyahana agitation
Although Pipliyahana ‘Jal Satyagraha’ was mainly a public movement, the agitation was turned into a show of strength by Congress party.
The local Congress leaders successfully hijacked the agitation as scores of party supporters and Youth Congress members gathered at Pipliyahana.
Congress MLA Jeetu Patwari had jumped into the stir with his supporters from Day One.
Unlike the activists, who staged agitation entire week, the party members visited the people once in a while.
In March, the National Green Tribunal ruled construction can take place at least 30 meters away from the ‘full tank level’ of the water body on the condition that it should not suffer any kind of damage. But later a 12 feet wide wall was constructed running across the water body, triggering outrage from the people.