Gives 15 days to submit reply

Indore: The Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court, in response to a Public Interest Litigation ( PIL) filed by a social activist, on Friday directed the Indore Municipal Corporation ( IMC) to consider and examine overall 90 villages ( suggested by the petitioner) instead of just 29 ( proposed by IMC) to be included into its limits.

The HC double bench of Justices PK Jaiswal and Prakash Shirvastav directed the Indore civic body to submit a response in 15 days.

In the PIL, social activist Kishore Kodwani mentioned that 90 peripheral villages should be included into the city limits instead of just 29. Kodwani further said that according to master plans of 1974 and 2011, overall 90 villages should have been included into the IMC limits by 2012, but the present process proposes for inclusion of only 29 villages, leaving a large number of them out of the municipal limit.

He also said that only a handful of villages were brought within the city limits against the proposed number of villages in 1974 Master Plan, which has rendered about 30% of the population of Indore living in slums. This has also led to mushrooming of hundreds of illegal colonies as well.

Similarly, against the proposed 53 villages that were to be brought into the city limits, only 14 villages are in the process of inclusion.

Overall, the present inclusion would still leave a large number of villages from being included in the city limits. He mentioned that if proper steps were not taken then many more illegal colonies would mushroom. This would be a huge setback to the plans of Indore Development Authority ( IDA) which has launched several schemes in these areas.

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