This application has been filed against the state of Madhya Pradesh and its authorities for preservation and protection of the area known as Bajrang Nagar Pahadi in village Karondi in District Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. The Pahadi is being destroyed by mining and excavation of the hilltop for raising construction and other developmental activities. The Bajrang Nagar Pahadi is covered with various types of flora and fauna including medical shrubs and herbs and trees like Amla, Bamboo, Bal, Tendu, Chironji, Neem etc.
The respondents were granted permission for mining stones for construction of a residential house for her own. Subsequently, the hill was systematically excavated by using heavy machinery. The area was sought to be developed into residential plots. This has raised issues of the environment including the destruction of Bajrang Nagar Pahadi having natural forest growth on account of the activity of Respondents and other activities including the range and the establishment of Police line as mentioned in the application in the area in question and also the issue with regard to the construction obstructing the flow of water into the Goklpur Talab.
The Pahadi forms the part of the catchment area as such this Pahadi plays a major role in making available monsoon water to Goklpur Talab. Now, the main issue, in this case, was what should prevail in development or environment?
The Hon’ble National Green Tribunal on careful perusal of the material on record, including the report of the learned Court Commissioner and the photographs of the site in question, ordered that there will be no mining operation and excavation of stones in Bajrang Nagar Pahadi area. These areas may be notified “no development zone” by the State of Madhya Pradesh within a period of one month from today asked the Collector of Jabalpur to ensure compliance of this order forthwith and disposed of the application.
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