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NGT discover over Mahanadi reclamation violations

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By Express News Service

CUTTACK: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday issued notices to the Cuttack Development Authority and collector Cuttack on allegations of violation of particular instructions of the tribunal concerning the 426 acres of Mahanadi riverbed reclaimed by sand filling inside the water space upstream of Jobra barrage right here.

The Bench of Justice B Amit Sthalekar (judicial member) and Dr Arun Kumar Verma (professional member) issued the notices whereas admitting a contemporary petition filed by social activist Pradip Pattanaik on whose petition the NGT had issued the instructions on September 21, 2022. The Bench sought replies from the respondents and posted the matter to December 4, 2023, for additional consideration. Senior advocate Sisir Das argued on behalf of the petitioner.

In his contemporary petition, Pattanaik has sought a recording of all the 426 acres of reclaimed riverbed as forest land and handover to the Forest division for additional upkeep and growth. Demolition of all constructions which have come up on the reclaimed land in violation of the tribunal’s instructions and penalisation of the offenders has additionally been sought.

Sources stated, that within the 2022 order, a five-member Bench headed by Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel had ordered for growth of 284 acres of reclaimed Mahanadi riverbed space “as dense forest”, whereas permitting the remaining 142 acres to be developed as parks/playgrounds with none everlasting or momentary constructions and with none industrial actions.

The NGT had specified that no concretisation of any kind will probably be allowed in all the 426 acre of land. While permitting Baliyatra on 34 acres, all due precautions for sustaining sanitation and hygiene shall be noticed.

The NGT had issued the instructions after Patnaik sought intervention in opposition to the dumping of sand that was achieved over a stretch of 5 km in size and width of 0.5 km-1.2 km as much as a top of six ft as a part of CDA’s purported riverfront growth plan. The CDA’s venture is an try and monetise the river mattress for industrial functions which is able to cut back the water retaining capability of the river at Jobra barrage at Cuttack, he had alleged.

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CUTTACK: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday issued notices to the Cuttack Development Authority and collector Cuttack on allegations of violation of particular instructions of the tribunal concerning the 426 acres of Mahanadi riverbed reclaimed by sand filling inside the water space upstream of Jobra barrage right here.

The Bench of Justice B Amit Sthalekar (judicial member) and Dr Arun Kumar Verma (professional member) issued the notices whereas admitting a contemporary petition filed by social activist Pradip Pattanaik on whose petition the NGT had issued the instructions on September 21, 2022. The Bench sought replies from the respondents and posted the matter to December 4, 2023, for additional consideration. Senior advocate Sisir Das argued on behalf of the petitioner.

In his contemporary petition, Pattanaik has sought a recording of all the 426 acres of reclaimed riverbed as forest land and handover to the Forest division for additional upkeep and growth. Demolition of all constructions which have come up on the reclaimed land in violation of the tribunal’s instructions and penalisation of the offenders has additionally been sought.googletag.cmd.push(operate() googletag.show(‘div-gpt-ad-8052921-2’); );

Sources stated, that within the 2022 order, a five-member Bench headed by Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel had ordered for growth of 284 acres of reclaimed Mahanadi riverbed space “as dense forest”, whereas permitting the remaining 142 acres to be developed as parks/playgrounds with none everlasting or momentary constructions and with none industrial actions.

The NGT had specified that no concretisation of any kind will probably be allowed in all the 426 acre of land. While permitting Baliyatra on 34 acres, all due precautions for sustaining sanitation and hygiene shall be noticed.

The NGT had issued the instructions after Patnaik sought intervention in opposition to the dumping of sand that was achieved over a stretch of 5 km in size and width of 0.5 km-1.2 km as much as a top of six ft as a part of CDA’s purported riverfront growth plan. The CDA’s venture is an try and monetise the river mattress for industrial functions which is able to cut back the water retaining capability of the river at Jobra barrage at Cuttack, he had alleged. Follow The New Indian Express channel on WhatsApp