Stop land grabbing of ponds
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The Allahabad High Court has directed all the district authorities to ensure that existing ponds in their jurisdictions did not fall prey to land grabbing and be used for construction or other activities. The court passed the order while hearing a PIL related to filling up of ponds in Agra for construction purposes allegedly due to connivance of officials and private developers. The court has fixed September 10 as the next date of hearing. Passing the order on Thursday, a Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Amitava Lala and Justice P K S Baghel said: "A PIL cannot be restricted to a district. A copy of this order be circulated by the state to all the district authorities so that no land grabbing etc by converting ponds will be allowed and if such action is initiated, that will be stopped till further order is passed by this court." The court also sought a status report within two weeks from the Agra DM about the filled up ponds besides those which continue to exist and the ones that have virtually been filled up.
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