Notices for ‘encroachers' at Durgam Cheruvu

A Division Bench of the A.P. High Court comprising Justice A. Gopal Reddy and Justice K.C. Bhanu directed that notices be issued to the owners of buildings which are situated in the Full Tank Level (FTL) of Durgam Cheruvu in the city.

It was dealing with a writ petition filed by Captain J. Rama Rao on behalf of Forum for Sustainable Development. The petitioner complained that the authorities were not preventing encroachments into the fresh water lake. The Bench took note of the fact that the then chief secretary in March 2009 had requested the court to grant 3 months time to file comprehensive report and till now no such paper was filed. The court directed the GHMC, HMDA, APIIC, HMWS&SB to inspect the lake after issuing notices to the counsel for the petitioner and then file a report within 3 weeks. The FTL fixed by the Irrigation Department in 2000 is to be taken into account.

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