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Waterlogging on farmland: HC order makes SSNNL respondent party in PIL

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The Gujarat High Court (HC) on Wednesday joined Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL) as a respondent party in connection with a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that has raised the issue of water-logging of 100 acres of farmland in a village of Banaskantha district. The water-logging is allegedly due to the fact that the SSNNL has not completed work on the “tail channel” of its network in the region. While joining SSNNL as a respondent party,the court posted the matter for further hearing after two weeks.

A division bench of HC,comprising Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice J B Pardiwala,was hearing the PIL moved by one Sardarsinh Vaghela which raised the water-logging issue of Nagla village of Tharad taluka.

According to the petitioner,around 100 acres of farmland of the village has been waterlogged following heavy rains in October. The petitioner also argues that the SSNNL has not completed work of its ‘tail channel’ in the region which could have drained out the accumulated water.

In the earlier hearing,the court had directed the district administration to de-water the farmland at the earliest while also asking the concerned officers of Banaskantha Collectorate to remain present before the court over the issue.

On Wednesday,officers of the district administration remained present before the court. However,since certain technical issues related to the canal arose during the hearing,the assistant government pleader requested the court that it was better that the SSNNL is joined as party to the petition so that its lawyers could represent its case. The court,meanwhile,also ordered the district administration to continue de-watering of the farmland.