Illegal Buildings in Puri beach: NHRC asks Govt. to file report
Bhubaneswar:Expressing concern over an alarming increase in the number of apartment buildings along Puri beach, the National Human Rights Commission Thursday slapped a notice on State Government, seeking a report. Acting on a petition filed by rights activist and Managing trustee of India Media Centre, Mr. Akhand, the Commission ordered the Chief Secretary to submit a report within six weeks, explaining steps being taken by the Government to demolish illegal structures near the beach. The petitioner claimed that though construction of buildings is going on right under the nose of the Government, it does hardly anything to curb the menace. Though the buildings are being constructed flouting Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Act 2011, the Government maintained a studied silence. Forest and Environment Department also has turned a blind eye, complained the petitioner, adding that tourists as well as locals are facing inconvenience due to the Government’s blatant lack of concern. At least 300 buildings have been constructed near Puri beach violating the CRZ guidelines, sources said. Before CRZ Act came into being, buildings were constructed as per the Urban Development Act. The Urban Development Act was not implemented in Puri due to some reasons for which builders used to construct structures illegally near Puri beach, violating the rules. Even after introduction of CRZ Act, none followed the CRZ guidelines.