The Town and Country Planning (TCP) department has issued a notice to the district sports department to stop the construction of a swimming pool in Bheuli area of Mandi town.
The said swimming pool was to be constructed for children and was an addition to the swimming pool that already exists for adults.
Mandi Bachao Sangharsh Morcha (MBSM) president and social activist Lakshmender Guleria raised the issue of illegal construction in violation of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) orders that have banned any construction within 25 metres range of the Beas riverbed in Mandi.
Guleria said MBSM had raised the issue from day one when the district authorities and the district sports department had announced the construction of the swimming pool at the bank of the Beas river and later invited former MP Pratibha Singh and rural development minister Anil Sharma to lay the foundation stone on February 24, 2014.
"The authorities did not think before deciding to construct a building or complex whether the said construction comes under the ambit of law. It seems laws are made only for the common people," said Guleria.
He added that not only the swimming pool but also the government had constructed employees' quarters adjoining to the swimming pool. The said area is always under serious threat of Beas river floodwater and any tragedy can occur here in case of heavy rains because the height of the area is just a few metres above the riverbed.
The social activist demanded that proper action be initiated against government officials who have started constructing the swimming pool without seeking a No Objection Certificate from agencies concerned and wasted lakhs on the foundation stone laying ceremony.
Meanwhile, Mandi deputy commissioner Sandeep Kadam said the district administration would conduct an inquiry to find the facts and appropriate action would be initiated on the basis of the findings of the inquiry reports.