Squatters at 6 heritage sites get notices

  • | Thursday | 28th September, 2023

Lucknow: Days after the Lucknow bench of Allahabad high court directed the district administration to file a report on action taken against encroachers in and around centrally-protected heritage sites, the Hussainabad and Allied Trusts (HAT) has issued notices to squatters asking them to vacate the premises at the earliest. The district administration and HAT have started sending notices to 55 squatters who have been living or have established their commercial settlements in and around six centrally-protected monuments illegally to vacate the premises within 15 days or face action. The six monuments where squatters have been served notices include Bada Imambara, Chhota Imambara, Kazmain, Rumi Gate, Picture Gallery and Shahnajaf Imambara. The move comes after the court order passed on a 2013 PIL filed by a Lucknow-based lawyer Mohammed Haider Rizvi directed the government to submit a report on efforts to remove encroachment. We had been directed by the divisional commissioner to take swift action and issue strongly-worded notices to squatters. We started sending the notices a few days ago and so far 55 notices have been sent, said additional city magistrate Brijesh Kumar Verma. A survey was conducted in August to identify actual squatters. Based on that, notices are being issued with a time limit of 15 days, said HAT assistant superintendent Habibul Hasan.We also published the following articles recentlyGujarat University to issue notice to HoDGujarat University will issue a show-cause notice to Dr Mukesh Khatik, head of the political science department, after a woman assistant professor accused him of mental harassment. The assistant professor had previously filed complaints about Dr Khatiks behavior and disclosed that he had refused to sign her transportation allowance, affecting her career advancement. The university will investigate the matter and take appropriate action if the allegations are found to be serious.1-week deadline set to clear squatters from key mkt, mallThe Department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) has instructed market associations to clear encroachments from shopping malls and the Qutub Plaza in DLF-1. Four properties have already been sealed due to violations discovered during inspections. The enforcement team and police force have given shopkeepers and store owners one week to remove encroachments, or face sealing action. In addition, the DTCP has identified around 1,000 buildings in violation of building norms, and only 150 have been sealed so far in DLF 3. The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court has also ordered the removal of encroachments from heritage sites within two weeks.Competitive exams in pvt school premises: HC notice to HaryanaThe Punjab and Haryana high court has issued a notice to the Haryana government and the Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC) in response to a plea against forcing private schools to hold competitive exams on their premises. The plea argues that these exams are conducted illegally and arbitrarily, without considering the education of the students. The petitioner suggests alternative options such as holding exams on Sundays or compensating the schools for their facilities and staff. The case has been adjourned until October 7 for further hearing.

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