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File status report on green cover encroachment removal: HC to UT

The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Chandigarh Administration to file a response giving suggestions on how to ensure that encroachments on the green cover in the shape of security tents can be removed.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Chandigarh Administration to file a response giving suggestions on how to ensure that encroachments on the green cover in the shape of security tents can be removed. Also,the Chandigarh Administration was today directed by the High Court to file a status report with regard to removal of encroachments on green cover. The directions were passed today after a public interest litigation (PIL) was filed by Advocate Aalok Jagga,who was appointed amicus curiae by the High Court. The Court had taken suo motu notice of a news item which had highlighted the security tents installed by security men of VVIPs and High Court Judges on green cover. Out of the total 86 “illegal” tents pitched in the park or land belonging to Municipal Corporation,Chandigarh 55 are pitched “illegally” by security personnel of Punjab and Haryana High Court Judges and politicians.

The High Court had appointed Advocate Aalok Jagga as amicus and asked him to file a fresh petition. Jagga today filed a fresh petition which was taken on record. Also,Jagga gave an opinion that instead of raising security tents on green cover,a permanent house shall be made for the security men at the end of the street so that the green cover is saved from encroachment. The High Court observed that such a suggestion should come from the Municipal Corporation. Jagga contended that the MC can respond to the suggestion made by him. The division bench orally offered for withdrawal of security men so that no encroachments are done on the green cover in the shape of security tents. The Bench orally remarked that the UT can either remove their security or remove the security tents.

Responding to the observation,senior standing counsel for UT Administration,Sanjay Kaushal said that security is given to VVIPs keeping in view the threat perception,hence place for them (security men) to reside has to be given. Kaushal took time to file fresh affidavit and seek instructions from the Administration. In the petition,Jagga has sought directions to Administration and MC to remove the violations and encroachments being upon the green belts of the UT.

Jagga has also demanded that encroachments,especially security tents,projections,private gardens and lawns etc should be removed so that the government land meant for green belts could be preserved according to the original site plan of Chandigarh. In its last status report,the Joint Commissioner,Municipal Corporation had submitted that of the total 82 encroachments,49 were removed by the Corporation.

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First published on: 14-07-2011 at 01:33:03 am
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