Rajasthan govt gets 4 months to comply with court order on heritage walls


Jaipur: Rajasthan High Court ordered against the government bringing any amendment to the rules and regulations to save the encroachers on the heritage walls of old city (parkota). The division bench of Justice KS Jhaveri and B L Sharma gave the order during the hearing of a PIL by Brij Mohan Jagid on rampant encroachment on the heritage wall of the old city.

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It gave the government four more months time to comply with its earlier orders. It said if the government fails to comply, it might be forced to constitute a committee comprising officials of Union archaeology department, home ministry, urban development and housing and other departments to carry out its work. 

The court sought a weekly report from October 17 on every Monday on the factual report. The court made it clear that even if no work has been carried out it has to file the report mandatorily. The court observed that since 2015 enough time has been given to the authorities to comply with its orders and no more excuses to comply with its orders. The next hearing is on January 23, 2017.

The high court gave many directions earlier including the Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) to carry out a demolition drive and directed the government to release the money required for the same. The court had earlier ordered for the demolition of all the constructions without the requite permission and building plans. The court also found fault with the government of lacking will to act against the encroachers.

The court also had given direction in May last year that all the civil suites regarding encroachment on the wall of the old city pending in lower courts to be decided within a month. According to the government there are 1792 cases of encroachment on the walls of the heritage city.

A report prepared by the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) for restoration of the wall submitted to the court in July 2014 had said that wall is being impinged upon by many shops and residential buildings, without any gap between the wall and the line of construction.