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Uttarakhand High Court disposes of PIL against Jal Jeewan Mission pipeline, asks petitioner to approach Dehradun DM

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Uttrakhand Sept 6(ILNS): The Uttarakhand High Court on September 02, disposed of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), alleging irregularities committed by the Agency in the construction of the new pipeline under a Scheme known as “Jal Jeewan Mission”.

According to Petitioner Himanshu Bhatt, since the old pipeline was worn out, therefore, State Government had sanctioned a new pipeline for the supply of drinking water to his village under a Scheme known as “Jal Jeewan Mission”.

In the PIL, Petitioner had contended that several irregularities have been committed by the Agency, which constructed the new pipeline, inasmuch as, not only the alignment of the pipeline was changed to favor some private individuals, but also substandard material, including inferior pipes, were used.

Per contra, D.S. Patni,  Senior Counsel appearing for respondents has disputed the contentions raised by Petitioner in the PIL and submitted that everything was done as per sanctioned Detailed Project Report.

The Division Bench comprising of Justice Manoj Kumar Tiwari and Justice Alok Kumar Verma while considering the PIL observed that Petitioner has raised an issue regarding change of alignment and also use of sub-standard material while constructing the drinking water pipeline.

Therefore, the Court held that ends of justice would be met, if Petitioner is permitted to approach District Magistrate, Dehradun, in a representative capacity, and the District Magistrate shall look into the matter, and if need be constitute a committee to have the Scheme inspected. Thereafter, he shall pass an order, in accordance with the law, within some stipulated time frame.

“Accordingly, the writ petition is disposed of with liberty to the petitioner to approach District Magistrate, Dehradun by making a representation. If such representation is made within two weeks from today, District Magistrate shall look into the allegations, and if need be, he shall also constitute a committee of Technical Experts, and based on such report to be submitted by Technical Experts, District Magistrate shall pass appropriate order, in accordance with the law, within three months”, the order reads.

However, the Bench granted liberty to the Petitioner to again approach the High Court if any grievance of the petitioner still remains, after the decision of the District Magistrate, Dehradun./ILNS/SS/SNG

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