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HC directs MDDA, forest department to respond over illegal construction in Mussoorie, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate

HC directs MDDA, forest department to respond over illegal construction in Mussoorie, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate
NAINITAL: Hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) alleging illegal construction in the notified forest areas of Mussoorie, the Uttarakhand high court (HC) on Wednesday directed the Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA) and the forest department to submit their responses by September 22.

The bench of Chief Justice RS Chauhan and Justice Alok Kumar Verma has listed the next hearing of the case after the date.

The petition, filed by Dehradun-resident Harjinder Singh, alleges that despite a ban on any construction in the notified forest areas by the Centre and the Supreme Court, rampant construction is ongoing in Mussoorie, turning the hill town into a concrete jungle.

The petition alleges that authorities have turned a blind eye to the construction work ongoing for years. This, according to the plea, has put the town’s existence under threat.

The petitioner adds that he has approached the Centre and state authorities over the issue but the local administration is neither demolishing the structures nor conducting any reforestation exercise.


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