HC notice to encroachers on Patiala Ki Rao rivulet

The Punjab government has issued notices to all those who have encroached upon or caused an obstruction by making constructions on the seasonal rivulet,Patiala Ki Rao

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: July 17, 2013 3:46 am

The Punjab government has issued notices to all those who have encroached upon or caused an obstruction by making constructions on the seasonal rivulet,Patiala Ki Rao.

A notification was issued by the Punjab government in March this year authorising the Executive Engineer of Ropar to take action against such encroachers.

The Executive Engineer and his team have been vested with the responsibility to get the obstructions removed to ensure the free flow of the rivulet.

A copy of the notification was on Tuesday produced before the Punjab and Haryana High Court during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a resident of Nada village. The PIL was disposed of by the High Court on Tuesday.

On the last date of hearing,the High Court was informed that the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) and Nayagaon Notified Area Committee (NAC) have identified 606 encroachments on the seasonal rivulet Patiala Ki Rao.

GMADA and Nayagaon NAC,during the last hearing,had filed their affidavits in the High Court. While GMADA had identified 124 encroachments on Patiala Ki Rao,Nayagaon NAC had identified 482 encroachments.

All these encroachments are houses and farmhouses which have been constructed in an unauthorised manner by private parties.

GMADA and NAC have issued notices to the owners of the properties,asking them to explain why their properties should not be demolished.

The High Court had told the authorities to save Patiala Ki Rao. Last May,the High Court had stayed all kinds of constructions on Patiala Ki Rao passing through Nada village,Nayagaon and Karoran.

Advocate Mohinder Kumar,counsel for the petitioner,had submitted that a large number of encroachments had been made in the rivulet that blocked its natural course.

Kumar had sought directions to remove encroachments and demolish illegal constructions.

The petitioner had further stated that the said area was a forestland but the same had been delisted through a notification made on August 13,2010 and thereafter,some influential persons and the land mafia active in the area had carved out the illegal colony.

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