Uttarakhand High Court Order to Remove Buildings from Riverbeds Rattles Uttarakhand Govt – Anupam Trivedi

Devendra Budakoti

The Uttarakhand high court’s July 4 order to cancel land allotments along riverbeds within a week and remove erected structures in 60 days has rattled the state government, especially with the assembly also being located on the banks of the Rispana river.

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High tension power transmission structure on Bindal river

Following the June flood disaster, in which a number of buildings on riverbeds were swept away in Uttarkashi and Rudraprayag, the court ruled the state had no power to convert the land of a river into a dwelling place of people. Apart from the assembly, the Doon University and residential colony for government employees are among the buildings on river banks.

Hindustan Times Dehradun, July 09, 2013

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