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Above, The Law

Does the new Lucknow building of the Allahabad High Court sit on a pond?

Above, The Law
40 Acres Of Controversy | Photograph by Nirala Tripathi
Above, The Law
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2016-05-27T21:38:47+05:30

Once Upon A Pond

  • PIL claims UP built the new Lucknow bench building of the HC on a pond
  • UP government says it cannot throw away Rs 1,500 crore
  • SC held ponds to be protected under right to life (Article 21)
  • Ponds can dry up and shrink during arid seasons and drought
  • SC has asked governments to manage and develop ponds that lie in disuse
  • The same HC has ruled against misuse of ponds in other cases
  • Land laws in UP also prevent conversion of ponds
  • Environmentalists warn this will affect microclimate and harm overall ecology

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“It is unique in the world. Even the courts in the UK or the US do not have such splendid premises. Indeed, the Supreme Court and all other high court buildings fade in grandeur.”

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