Activists want district-level panel to check rape of hills

Jul 03, 2012, 09:18 IST | A Correspondent

Resident Collector promises action against people involved in illegal excavation and encroachment

A Group of social activists yesterday submitted a proposal toResident Collector Anil Pawar for saving the hills in and around the city that are getting destroyed because of illegal excavation and encroachment.

Representing various NGOs, the social activists also demanded the establishment of a separate district-level committee to keep a watch on encroachments on hills in the city and its adjoining areas.

For the hills: The group of social activist propose steps to save the hills in and around the city to Resident Collector Anil Pawar yesterday. Pic/Krunal Gosavi

Pawar gave the assurance that action would be taken against those indulging in the illegal activities. The convener of the group of activists, Deepak Bidkar, said that since the last few months incidents of illegal excavation on the hills of Purandar, Taljai, Dhayri, Bhilarewadi and Katraj had come to light, which compelled the activists to raise their voice against the illegal excavation and construction on these hills.

“It has been noticed that the hills in the city and its adjoining areas are vanishing rapidly, but the issue has always been ignored by the administration,” Bidkar said. “That is why we requested Resident Collector Pawar to take strict and immediate action against those indulging in such illegal activities.”
RTI activist Anoop Awasthi said that till a few days ago such illegal activities would be done by night but now the excavation and construction was going on fearlessly even in the daytime.

“The police should also look into the matter as it will put pressure on the culprits,” Awasthi said. Pawar assured the activists he would personally look into the matter and also appealed to people to inform him via e-mail or on the helpline number 18002333370 about such activities.

“We can take strict action against the people who are involved in these illegal activities and, if necessary, a fine will be imposed on them,” Pawar said. He also assured police protection for the whistleblowers. 

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