The Allahabad High Court on Monday asked the district administration of Varanasi to provide police force to the Varanasi Development Authority (VDA) for carrying out the demolition of unauthorised constructions within 200 metres of the banks of river Ganga. The court has fixed October 29 as the next date for hearing the matter and directed the VDA to file a compliance report.
A division bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and Arun Tandon passed the order while hearing a PIL and another petition – both of which have been clubbed together,as they dealt with the same issue – today. Earlier,the court had passed an order directing the VDA to carry out demolition of unauthorised constructions and file a compliance report by Monday.
The counsel for VDA informed the court that due to opposition from the public,it has not been able to carry out demolitions. The court then directed the ADM concerned to provide police force to the VDA in consultation with its officers to enable them to carry out the demolitions, said Amit Kumar Gupta,counsel for petitioner Gokul Sharma and others.
Gokul Sharma had approached the high court against its order passed on July 27,in which the VDA was directed not to allow any unauthorised construction to come up within 200 metres of Gangas banks.
The court had passed the July 27 order while hearing a PIL filed by Kautilya Society and others. The PIL had alleged that a large number of unauthorised constructions had been carried out along the river bank,which was causing damage to it and adding to pollution.
Gupta said the main contention of the petitioners was that the VDA had not carried out a proper survey of the area to determine those structures where unauthorised constructions had been carried out.