Dhamapur Lake: Illegal construction, NGT issues notices to govt officials


Sindhudurg: The illegal construction near the Dhamapur Lake, (487 year old manmade lake) has prompted the National Green Tribunal to issue notices to several divisions of the state government on Friday.

The lake is situated in Sindhudurg district. The Dhamapur lake, spreading out over 125 acres and connecting the villages Are and Katta, was created in 1530.

The NGT’s decision came after an environment interest litigation (EIL) was filed by two Sindhudurg residents – Dr Harishchandra Purshottam Natu and Omkar Keni – in Pune, claiming the construction of skywalks around the water body poses a threat to the environment.

The applicants have raised an objection to the construction, which has allegedly reduced the size of the lake. They have demanded that activities such as washing of clothes, immersion of Ganpati idols, and the use of diesel boats be prohibited in the area, alongside a demand to set up a Lake Development Authority.

NGT bench members justice UD Salvi and Dr Nagin Nanda in notices directed to the officers to be present for the hearing which is scheduled to be on November 20.

They directed to the environment department in Mumbai; executive engineer at the irrigation department in Kudal; chief executive engineer at public works department (PWD) in Sawantwadi; district collector in Sindhudurg; and Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board (MSBB).