Submitting that security for VVIPs cannot be compromised but that unauthorised security tents ought to be shifted from green belts,the Chandigarh Administration,on Wednesday,stated that it has asked its neighbouring states,Punjab and Haryana,to shift security tents from the green belts to where ever possible.
In an affidavit filed during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation,the Administration submitted that most of the security tents have been pitched by Punjab government or police in Chandigarh. A total of 60 such tents have been pitched by Punjab,two by Haryana and 12 by Chandigarh Police.
The High Court had taken suo motu notice of the unauthorised security tents,encroaching upon the green belt. A division bench headed by Justice M M Kumar questioned Chandigarh as to why a majority of security tents are by Punjab and as to whether Chandigarh was under pressure from Punjab.
Appearing on behalf of the Administration,senior standing counsel Sanjay Kaushal submitted that It was not possible to compromise on the security being provided to VVIP in Chandigarh. The Police Department should make efforts to shift the security tents from the green belts,wherever possible.
The Administration also annexed minutes of meeting held by the authorities of Punjab,Haryana and Chandigarh held earlier this month. One of the suggestions which was given in the meeting by the Chandigarh Administration was to provide a collective accommodation by way of porta cabin that has been provided to security personnel at one point in Sector 24 (government houses of Judges).
The authorities also opined that security is of utmost concern and security tents cannot be treated as encroachments. Providing security to the protectees is the prime responsibility of Chandigarh Police.
Since a suo motu notice was taken by Justice Ranjit Singh on July 16,2009,the UT Administration has removed certain unauthorised security tents. The High Court judges had taken the initiative by removing the security tents pitched outside their residences and provided accommodation to security personnel inside the official residences by constructing rooms for them. The Administration has been given four weeks to shift or remove the security tents from the green belt.