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MiC for panel to look into legal aspect

THE MAYOR-IN-COUNCIL (MiC) chaired by Mayor Sunil Sood today expressed concern over running of motorboats, including newly arrived cruise boat in the Upper Lake and recommended the formation of a committee to look into the matter.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2006 14:03 IST
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THE MAYOR-IN-COUNCIL (MiC) chaired by Mayor Sunil Sood today expressed concern over running of motorboats, including newly arrived cruise boat in the Upper Lake and recommended the formation of a committee to look into the matter.

The committee, once a reality, would examine whether these boats are being run according to laws or not. The MiC expressed the concern as the water of Upper Lake is being used for the drinking purpose.

Violation of law, say MiC members

ACCORDING TO sub-section two of section two of Municipal Corporation 1956, the water bodies, playgrounds, parks, garden and other places of public interest shall not be used for other purposes. The same section stated that the urban local bodies would not be authorised to issue the permission of such places for any other purpose.

The amendments in this regard were made through a notification in August 2003. The State Government had written a letter to the BMC and other urban local bodies to strictly follow these norms on August 25, 2004. If followed strictly, the use of water bodies of the State capital for other purposes could not be allowed. The Mayor-in-Council (MiC) members said the motorboats are being run in violation of the law.

During a meeting today, the MiC members said the environment of the Upper Lake should be protected. The members also expressed concern over the increasing activities of vendors on Boat Club road and told the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) commissioner to check such activities.

Giving official information, MiC member Mohammed Sarwar said the MiC discussed the issue. He said it was recommended that a committee headed by former bureaucrat M N Buch look into the matter. He said the running of these motorboats, including cruise boat is being considered unlawful.

Sarwar said the MiC has told that such motorboats could be run at the Lower Lake or Shahpura Lake as the water of Upper Lake is being used for the drinking purpose. The MiC also expressed concern over the increasing commercial activities on the Boat Club Road. The members told the BMC commissioner to remove vendors from the Boat Club Road.

Sarwar said the MiC also said that the legal position of restaurant at the Boat Club should be inquired into. One of the members also suggested that the vehicles should be banned on the Boat Club Road by installing a barrier near the Chief Minister’s residence. The BMC administration would search alternative place for the parking here.

It was also recommended that those living in houses constructed in front of the Boat Club Pump House should be rehabilitated at another place. Sarwar said the MiC also expressed concern over the Singhara cultivation at Upper Lake and directed the BMC administration to check it. The MiC also decided that the BMC owned Pari Park Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre at Koh-e-Fiza should be run through private people. Besides, the MiC also decided to purchase hydraulic rickshaw for the garbage lifting in the narrow by-lanes.

The MiC also told the BMC administration to search a suitable land for the BMC headquarters, which is presently housed at 100-year-old Sadar Manzil. Other decisions include the listing of BMC owned properties and the realisation of licence fee through private contract. BMC Commissioner Manish Singh was also present during the meeting today.