New Delhi, Jan 22 (PTI) The National Green Tribunal Tuesday directed the Uttar Pradesh government to remove encroachments and illegal constructions at Maharajpur village in Ghaziabad’s Sahibabad industrial area within two weeks. Also Read - Night Curfew Timing in Lucknow, Noida, Ghaziabad Extended Amid Corona Spike | Check Revised Schedule

A bench, headed by Justice Raghuvendra S Rathore, directed the district magistrate and the senior superintendent of police of Ghaziabad, commissioner of the municipal corporation and Regional Manager of Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC) to take immediate steps in this regard. Also Read - Ghaziabad: Containment Zones Go up From 233 to 321 Within a Day Amid Spike in Coronavirus Cases | Check Full List Here

“The steps be taken within a period of two weeks. A report in this regard be submitted before the next date of hearing, with an advance copy to the other side,” the bench, also comprising expert member Satyawan Singh Garbyal, said. Also Read - UP Gram Panchayat Election 2021: Over 60 Per Cent Polling Till 5 PM

The matter is listed for next hearing on February 14.

The tribunal’s direction came on a plea filed by Ghaziabad native Janab Mangisuddin, seeking removal of encroachments and eviction of all illegal constructions and restore the green areas in the 145 acres as per the layout plan prepared by the NCR Planning Cell and the Architectural Cell of the UPSIDC.

The tribunal had earlier said that it is not disputed that the lands earmarked as green areas referred to particularly with regard to khasra numbers have been encroached upon.

“We therefore do not see any reason as to why these areas should not be made free from encroachment by the concerned respondents in accordance with law,” the tribunal had said.

The plea had sought directions to restore the parks which were left during the subdivision of the plots in site-4 industrial area Sahibabad in Ghaziabad district as per the subdivision policy and punish the industries and others on the polluter pays basis, besides closure of the offending industries.

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