The Gujarat High court has stayed the demolition of constructions on 100 acres of disputed land in Aghoi village of Bhachau Tehsil in Kutch district.
These constructions, which include temples, derasars, ashrams, bungalows and complexes, were illegally built on the land, which was originally allocated for rehabilitation of 2001 earthquake victims.
Based on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Mumbai-based Khetji Hirji Shah, the High Court on 27 June had ordered demolition of all structures on the disputed land.
Later, the Charla Mandal and others filed a review petition in the court. A division bench of Chief justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice J.B. Pardiwala ordered to maintain status quo till the final order on the review petition is delivered.
The division bench, in last June, had ordered the Kutch Collector to notify the concerned persons within two weeks and remove all the illegal constructions within six weeks. He was also asked to complete the entire procedure within three months.
The Division bench observed that this piece of land, as originally allocated by the state govt, should be used to make shelters for the weaker sections of the society and not for temples, derasars or bungalows.
In the 2001 earthquake, Aghoi village was completely ravaged and Maharashtra government had adopted this village.
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