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REMOVE ENCROACHMENTS FROM CITY AND RISPANA BANKS, ORDERS HC

Thursday, 21 June 2018 | PNS | Nainital– Encroachments from footpaths, streets and roads in Dehradun should be removed within four weeks. Issuing this order, the high court of Uttarakhand also gave the state government three months to remove encroachments from the banks of the Rispana river in Dehradun. The court directed that section 144 be imposed in the town during removal of encroachments. Dehradun based journalist Manmohan Lakhera had written to the high court chief justice in 2013 complaining about large scale encroachment in Dehradun. Taking cognisance of this letter, the high court took up the matter in the form of a public interest litigation. Following high court orders in the past, encroachments had been removed from the Clock Tower, Paltan Bazaar, Chakrata Road and other areas. In this matter, on the directions of the court, the then head of Dehradun bar association Rajiv Sharma had provided detailed information to the high court regarding encroachment in Dehradun. On the basis of such information, the high court division bench of justice Rajiv Sharma and justice Lokpal Singh has issued strict orders to the state government for making Dehradun encroachment-free. The court has directed the Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA) and Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) to remove encroachments from roads, streets, footpaths and other such locations within four weeks. The court has also directed the chief secretary to take action against the officials during whose tenure the encroachments were made. Further, a nodal agency should also be formed for the removal of encroachments. The Public Works Department secretary should be made the nodal officer for this purpose and he will be responsible for implementation of the orders given regarding encroachment removal. The division bench also directed that efforts be taken to bring the Rispana river back to its original form by removing the encroachments made on its banks within three months. Further, the court also directed the State government, MDDA and MCD to seal such residential buildings within three weekswhere the basement is being put to commercial use as vehicles are parked illegally near such commercially used locations. The high court also directed the authorities to cancel the lease allotted in the name of shopkeepers ?for rehabilitation ?who had not yet given up their old shops. The State Government was also directed to frame bylaws to facilitate heavy fee on compounding of illegal constructions. The division bench also directed the director general of police to free Dehradun of traffic jam. The MDDA has been given the responsibility of ensuring that the space freed from encroachment is not encroached upon again. In addition to this, the director general of health, chief medical officer and the MCD health officer have been directed to submit a daily sanitation status report to the registrar general of the high court.

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