The Madhya Pradesh High Court has summoned the state government to submit the status regarding the action taken in connection with the construction and work done on the banks of river Narmada along the Tilwaraghat area of Jabalpur.
The division bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Yadav (Acting) and Justice Rajiv Kumar Dubey posted the matter for December 14 giving time to the state government to file status report on it.
The PIL was filed by Nilesh Rawal of Narmada Mission Jabalpur and Shiv Yadav of Samarth Gow-Medical Center seeking the removal of illegal construction being done in Tilwaraghat, Jabalpur. These constructions have been described as fatal to the ecological well-being of the Narmada and the zone as well.
The petitioners argue that encroachment and illegal constructions on the banks are very harmful for the health of Narmada. If these are not removed in time, the coastal land of Narmada will be severely affected. Its side-effects cannot ruled out on the water stream.
In previous hearings, the court had made it clear that all the construction done at the state level within 300 meters of high flood level on the banks of Narmada should be identified. For the removal of these illegal constructions under the district administration, gram panchayat and other local bodies, a circular has been issued. The court also ordered that there should be no political interference in removing these illegal constructions.
In this connection, the then Chief Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal and Justice Vijay Kumar Shukla visited Tilwara Ghat on February 15, 2020 and inspected the site.