On Hardoi Rd, green cover sees red light
- On Hardoi Rd, green cover sees red light
Brick kiln workers eat into over 6 acres of the 20-acre green stretch
in Pucca Bagh
Lucknow, June 30: DESPITE a recent court order asking authorities
(read LDA) to ensure the city's green belts stay just that green
belts more than a third of the green cover on Hardoi Road is under
threat from encroachment.
There are nearly 20 acres of green cover near Pucca Bagh in the area,
but illegal structures both temporary and permanent have eaten
into more than six acres. From makeshift set-ups, to thatched houses,
right down to one- and two-room `pucca' houses it's all there,
nudging at the shrinking green cover.
Though most of the locals are ware of the area's status as a green
belt, Pucca Bagh's seclusion it lies on the city's outskirts the
concerned authorities seldom visit the locality to check out the
``We are living here for eight months now," said Suneeta Kumari, who
has a small house on a 400-metre area, "but since then none has come
here to inquire about it.''
In proximity to her house lie 20 or 25 similar `establishments', and
many owners of these places are aware that they are dwelling on
illegal land. Shiv Kumar is one such resident; he knows his is an
unauthorised house on the green belt but gave a `reason' for the
encroachment: ``Many of those who live here work in the brick kilns.
It was an arduous daily journey earlier, so the workers thought of
making houses close to the kiln."
In fact, most structures in the green belt belong to the kiln workers,
The Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court's order a few days ago
that areas under green belt should not be used for any other purpose
recognised the need to save the green belt in Gomti Nagar. The orders
were passed following a Public Interest Litigation filed by an
advocate, B K Singh.
``If the Lucknow Development Authority surveys the total green zone of
the city we will find hundreds of hectares of green belt is now used
for construction," Singh said.
LDA secretary Ram Bilas Yadav, meanwhile, said: "We will take adequate
steps to check depletion of the green cover not only in this locality
(Pucca Bagh on Hardoi Road) but in the entire city.''