With the case of encroachments in & around Arthala Lake in Ghaziabad again coming up in National Green Tribunal (NGT), the Tribunal directed the DM Ghaziabad, Ritu Maheshwari to clearly mention the action plan for fully executing the judgment of the Tribunal that had ordered removal of all encroachments in the form of houses and other structures in & around the lake.

The green court asked the DM to first “study the judgment dated September 20, 2016 and come out specifically, by way of an affidavit, as to what all compliances are to be made, as per the directions given by the Tribunal and also the encroachments which are yet to be removed.”

The DM will have to file an affidavit within 10 days of the July 10 order.

The green court lamented that despite being mentioned in the earlier order neither the total number of encroachments has been ascertained nor any action plan has been prepared, as to how those encroachments would be removed it was incumbent on the respondents to have first gone through the judgment and then proceed for execution of the same.

It also lamented the fact that the Ghaziabad administration so far has not even noted the Khasra numbers involving encroachments and the directions given by the Tribunal which are required to be complied with. The matter has been listed for July 29, 2019 and the officers concerned shall remain present of that day, said the NGT.

The petitioner Sushil Raghav had earlier told delhincrnews.in that several other khasras round the lake were part of the original judgment that included projects of state agencies- such as few Elevated Road pillars built by the GDA and some houses built by Avas Vikas, as well as an underpass. He also said that alternately the administration should soon make arrangements for providing housing for those displaced, especially those who had paid huge sums of money to get their houses.

By Prasoon Pant, delhincrnews.in