The directions came from the bench of Chief Justice RS Chauhan and Justice Alok Kumar Verma as the court was hearing a PIL filed by Doon-based social activist, Ajay Narain Sharma.
The court had previously asked for an in-depth report with specific details. On Monday, the district administration failed to provide specific details regarding the encroachment on the riverbed after which the court asked them to come up with another one on September 23 when the next hearing for the case is to be held.
The PIL is related to the illegal construction taking place in the rivulet Aanwala Ki Rao. Sharma has alleged in his PIL that the encroachment has been made in the upper region of the Sahastradhara road on a rivulet named Aanwala-Ki-Rao which is now facing an existential crisis as the illegal construction and plotting have led to a change in the course of the rivulet.
“Even in such jal magna bhoomis (water holdings), revenue records are being systematically converted into banjar bhoomi (barren land) and construction has been allowed… This is changing the very character of the said rivulets in the pristine area of Doon Valley, which has been a notified Eco-Sensitive Area since 1989,” reads the plea.
Last month, Sharma was given police protection after he was attacked by four unidentified men in his house who allegedly wanted him to back out from this particular case.