Indore: Bid to save Pipliyahana lake resurfaces

Indore Protest to save Pipliyahana Lake has once again surfaced as local residents and social activists are up in arms against the construction work of court building in the waterbody since January 1. Protesting under the banner of ‘Pipliyahana Talab Bachao Samiti,’ residents continued the protest on Sunday and staged demonstration for two hours.

Samiti’s Vishnu Choudhary said, “We have also launched a signature campaign against the construction of court’s building in the catchment area of the lake. We will continue to stage demonstration daily for two hours along with appealing to people for participating in the protest.”

He added that they have sent a memorandum to chief minister Kamal nath, chief secretary and to the ministers to get the work of the building stopped. “Former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had assured that the building will not be constructed near the lake but construction of the building has started again. We will not let the water body be ‘killed’ by authorities as court building can be constructed at any other place as well,” Choudhary said.

A long campaign was launched by the residents and social activists for protesting against the construction of court’s building near the lake in 2016. The agitators had also alleged that court building is decreasing the size of the lake. A petition was also filed against construction of court’s building by social activist Kishore Kodwani. Following the protest, state government had cancelled the plan for construction of court’s building but later, the permission as given based on NGT’s order to leave appropriate area for the lake.

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