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ALLAHABAD HIGH COURT REALIZED THE NEED OF A SPECIAL LAW TO PROTECT PONDS FROM ENCROACHMENT 

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ALLAHABAD HIGH COURT REALIZED THE NEED OF A SPECIAL LAW TO PROTECT PONDS FROM ENCROACHMENT 

ALLAHABAD HIGH COURT REALIZED THE NEED OF A SPECIAL LAW TO PROTECT PONDS FROM ENCROACHMENT Jul6,2013


Jul6,2013 ALLAHABAD: Taking a serious note of indiscriminate encroachment of ponds in the state, which is lowering the water table in the region, the Allahabad High Court has suggested that a special law should be enacted to protect and preserve the ponds, which are not only essential elements of village habitat but also valuable assets for the state.

The court observed that a special procedure should be provided in the UP Zamindari Abolition (UPZA) and Land Reforms (LR) Act for removing encroachment on ponds. This is essential as lowering of water table is potentially causing serious environmental damage, it said.

The court said that the special law was necessary as procedure for removing encroachment under section 122B of UP ZA and LR Act has proved to be time-consuming and inadequate. Passing the above observations, a division bench comprising Justice Sunil Ambwani and Justice Bharat Bhushan requested the Advocate General UP to appear and assist the court in this case and to suggest measures which may be necessary for protecting the habitat of the villages/towns and the environment of the state.

While directing to list this case on July 25, 2013, the court directed the state government to file reply (counter affidavit) in this case within two weeks.

Passing these directives, the court observed, "A number of directions have been given by the Supreme Court and this court for protecting the water bodies in the state. It, however, appears that the land covered by water bodies is being indiscriminately encroached. The procedure under section 122B UPZA takes a long time as even if an order of eviction is passed, the rights of revision and thereafter writ petition fielded by such person, who continues with the encroachment takes several years for restoration of ponds."

The court passed the above directives on a writ petition filed by Phoolmati Devi and another person of Azamgarh district. The petitioner had requested the court to direct district magistrate (DM) Azamgarh to remove unauthorized possession of respondent from the pond situated in village Pawai Ladpur, Nizamabad Tehsil, Azamgarh.

As an interim measure, the court directed the DM Azamgarh and sub-divisional officer, Nizamabad Tehsil, Azamgarh to immediately stop further encroachment on the pond.

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Encroachments in India have become a frequent scenario. Private builders are sold the lands of ponds,lakes,rivulets and other water bodies and are later developed into construction sites. Unfair trade of unsalable land and negligence towards environmental norms have lead to the ecological disturbance. The water table is going down. Now with the bodies like High Court who serve justice are alleged of encroaching ponds. To whom should people lay their faith upon? 

At this point we are researching on the on going case and trying to gather available information through different mediums. We are contacting concerned nodal agencies for the details on the acquired HC land and also citing relevant cases of pond encroachments and their outcomes.  

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