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Apex court stays demolitions in Sukhna catchment area

SC orders bar on razing of any construction which has come up till May 21

SC orders bar on razing of any construction which has come up till May 21

In an immediate relief for those facing demolition of their buildings/ constructions in the Sukhna catchment area,the Supreme Court today ordered a stay on the demolition orders. Making it clear that the Administration authorities will not demolish any construction which has come up till May 21,a division bench of the Apex Court today also ruled that no further construction will be allowed to come up in the catchment area till further orders.

Also,the Supreme Court has held that the High Court can proceed with the main petition pertaining to protection of Sukhna Lake. The PIL is to come up for resumed hearing before the High Court on Wednesday. On May 14,the High Court had directed Punjab,Haryana and Chandigarh to demolish “without notice” any construction being carried out in the Sukhna lake’s catchment area despite a stay ordered by the High Court on March 14 last.

Also,the High Court had directed Punjab,Haryana and Chandigarh to stop construction activity in the lake’s catchment area. The High Court had ordered,“We direct Punjab and Haryana,as well as the Chandigarh Administration,to put their enforcement agencies in action and construction activities going on in the catchment area as per the map of the Survey of India should be immediately stopped; and any construction raised in violation of the directions issued by the court be demolished without issuing any notice”

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On March 14,the High Court had passed directions to the States to restore the lake and its former glory by observing that no housing colony or building activity of any kind would take place in the catchment area,either within the forest area or agriculture area.

“We have been apprised that despite the direction,construction activities are going on. Both the States,as well as UT,shall submit their report with regard to the violation of the directions issued in the order dated March 14 last and the action taken against the violators,” the High Court had held last week.

First published on: 23-05-2012 at 04:33:07 am
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