Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Monday continued an earlier order restraining the Halebid Gram Panchayat from going ahead with the construction of a commercial complex in front of the world famous Hoysaleshwara temple in Halebid.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice P.D. Dinakaran and Justice V.G. Sabhahit passed the order on a public interest litigation (PIL) petition by Nanjundappa H.S. and others.The petitioners had challenged the permission given by th panchayat for the complex. The Bench asked the authorities to take action against the guilty.

A Division Bench comprising Mr. Justice Dinakaran and Mr. Justice Sabhahit directed the State Government to execute the potable water supply scheme in Santhebennur and four adjoining villages within a specified time frame.

The Bench passed the order on a PIL petition by Tejas V. Patil of Davangere district.

The petitioner said though the foundation for the drinking water project had been laid by the then Chief Minister J.H. Patel in 1999, it had been stopped mid-way.

He urged the court to ensure that the Government completed the project.

The State Government filed a statement before the court saying that it would complete the project if given time.