Furnish Khajaguda lake maps for perusal: HC

Hyderabad: Telangana High Court on Monday expressed over the shrink of Khajaguda tank by over an acre. A bench of comprising Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B. Vijaysen Reddy, upon hearing the PIL petition, directed TS Advocate General B.S. Prasad to furnish different maps relating to Khajaguda tank for the perusal of the court.

Socialist Party of India State general secretary Lubna Sawath had earlier sent a letter to the HC Chief Justice through e-mail stating that a ‘development project’ taken up by Municipal Administration and Urban Development Ministry of Telangana was shrinking the Khajaguda lake.

“The main issue of concern is that a major road is coming up covering the north-western premises of Pedda Cheruvu (Khajaguda Lake) towards the Biodiversity Junction. This sanctioned road is under the Full Tank Level (FTL) of the lake and the public are unwary of this encroachment,” said Lubna.

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She mentions there is also another small lake within the extent of the lake, which has also been encroached. “It seems like HMDA itself is facilitating the encroachment happening, in the name of development”, she adds.
She also mentioned that the amicus curiae, advocate Pratap has not contacted her so far and the next hearing of the PIL is due next week.

The HC took the letter as PIL and issued notices to the State government The HC took up the letter as PIL petition. Two maps were presented before the court relating to the tank. Since there was the difference in the two maps, the Chief Justice had asked the Government to submit the maps for perusal.

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