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HC clears setting up of sewage treatment plant as per master plan

100 houses to be demolished: Petitioners

Chandigarh |
January 13, 2015 3:59:51 am

By: Sanjeev Verma

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday made it clear that there is no question of shifting of the site for setting up of sewage treatment plant and main pumping station from village Nada in Nayagon nagar panchayat which has been planned as per the regional master plan Nayagaon-2008.

The decision came from the division bench comprising Justices Hemant Gupta and Hari Pal Verma while dismissing a petition filed by 12 residents of the area who had moved the court submitting that if the plant comes up at the proposed site their houses along with over 100 other residents would be demolished.

The court observed that when the site was earmarked for the sewage treatment plant and main pumping station in the regional master plan, which had already been notified by the Punjab government, then it was illegal on the part of over 100 house owners to come up with the construction at the site without the approval of their building plans.

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The petitioners had submitted that a decision was taken in a meeting held on December 27, 2012, under the chairmanship of then Mohali deputy commissioner to shift the site for the project somewhere else from the site earmarked in the master plan but it was yet to be implemented.

The petitioners had sought directions to the concerned authorities to implement the decision for shifting the site as the present area where the sewage treatment plant was proposed was densely populated and would enhance the sufferings of the residents which may also result in outbreak of some epidemic. Hence the regional master plan of Nayagaon-2008 should be amended, the petitioners had made a prayer before the high court.

However, the Punjab government informed the court that 2008-Nayagaon regional master plan in which the site was earmarked had already been notified and when the authorities had asked for objections, if any, from the residents before taking the decision, the petitioners had failed to file any objections. The court was also informed that the decision taken in the meeting held on December 27, 2012, for shifting of the site to some other place had not been approved the the director of the concerned department. Also the site had been finalised after due inspection and due to the water flow of the area to a particular direction into the rivulet Patiala ki Rao, it is the suitable site.

The petitioner had informed the court that it was in November 2013 that the officials of Punjab water supply and sewage board had visited petitioners’ houses and had asked them to vacate their houses immediately otherwise the houses would be demolished for setting up of the sewage treatment plant and main pumping station. The petitioners had also informed the court that one Harbhajan Singh Kahlon had offered his vacant land for setting up the sewage treatment plant at village Nada but despite giving representations to the concerned officials, they had not taken any decision till date.

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