The Nanital High Court has asked the Government to remove the encroachments on both sides of the Rispana River in the larger order given in the Petition of Manmohan Lakhera, a citizen of Dehradun. According to the reports of the Municipal Corporation, Irrigation Department and Administration, there are more than 12 thousand encroachments on the Rispana and Bindal Rivers.
The Nanital High Court has asked to remove the annexation on the Footpaths along with the ones on the sides of the rivers as well. Before the Dehradun Municipal Corporation came into being in 1998, there were only 65 slums in Dehradun, however the number has increased upto 129 slums now.
Highlight on Present Condition of Encroachments and Slums in Dehradun
- In the Ansal Colony of Jakhan, behind the luxurious bungalows, is a huge river bed which has been encroached over and is now narrowed.
- Adjoining the Sahastradhara Road is the Bhramawala river bed, the 70 bighas land has slipped away from the hands of the Municipal corporation. This area faced many disputes for its occupation. The Municipal Corporation made efforts by demolishing some house but the rebuilding of these houses has now increased and is left unchecked now.
- The small channel in Racecourse Valley is also experiencing heavy amounts of encroachments. The matter was brought under the eyes of the Municipal Corporation, who gave orders to look into the matter, but no implementation has been done due to unethical deeds of some officials.
- Adjoining the Bindal River is the Lohiya Nagar, where the Municipal Corporation demolished 80 houses 6 years ago, but the matter went really wild and now there are encroachments all over the place in a much higher number.
- The Bed that lies on the way from Rajpur Road-Dilaram Bazaar till Jakhan has a large part of land that is occupied. This place has been commercialised with many unethical business operations.
- In 2004 the movement to remove encroachments in Paltan Bazaar was started by the Government. The Mucipal Corporation started this movement by opening the drains in Paltan Bazaar, but gradually these were filled up and covered, and are now made into footpaths with encroachments all over.