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Will move HC against Minister Banna, DC and SO on Tue: Saryu Roy

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MLA accuses the three of tampering with nature, river ecosystem

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Jamshedpur, Jan 22: Jamshedpur East MLA Saryu Roy Sunday said he would move the Jharkhand High Court on Tuesday against the state Minister Banna Gupta, East Singhbhum Deputy Commissioner and Special Officer of Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) for allegedly carrying out construction work on the banks of River Swarnarekha at Sonari Domuhani.

“Rivers are natural heritage, not anyone’s personal property as to allow them to interfere with its ecosystem. The administration is openly supporting such illegal and unethical act,” said Roy in a statement issued today.

Roy said a public interest litigation (PIL No 1325/2011) is already pending in the High Court which has taken suo motu cognizance in the case of encroachment of rivers. I am an intervener in this case, he said.

Roy further said, “A committee chaired by the Chief Secretary was formed following an order of the High Court. My lawyer and representative of Tata Steel were included in the committee. It was decided to restore the ecosystem of Swarnarekha. I had visited the river bank with the then VP CS of Tata Steel who assured to take all necessary measures in this direction. Now Tata Steel can tell the court as to what happened further.”

Roy said the pictures and videos of Domuhani issued today were worrying. “If those who are responsible for implementing laws act on the contrary, how will law and order be ensured in the state,” said the MLA.

“Minister Banna Gupta has announced some construction at Domuhani. Nothing is clear about the nature of construction, its design, estimate and other aspects such as environmental clearance, technical and financial approval of the estimate, etc. Notwithstanding all this, work has begun at the river bank,” said Roy.

“The DC is the chairperson of the District Environment Committee. It is her responsibility to conserve the environment and ecosystem. But unfortunately she is promoting such irregular work which is against environment and ecosystem. In such a situation, I have no other option but to move the High Court and the National Green Tribunal,” said Roy

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