Cuttack, April 30: With a step ahead to prevent illegal encroachment in the Odisha wetlands, the Orissa High Court has directed the government to initiate criminal proceedings against the encroachers.
Taking up the issue of illegal prawn Gherries (enclosures) in Chilika and Vitarkanika basin sue motto the High Court passed the order.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice Odisha, Justice S Muralidhar and Justice BP Routray directed the Chilika Development Authority and the concerned district Collectors to free the water bodies from gherries.
Apart from it, the bench has directed the enforcement authorities to destroy the gherri outfits and seize at different points of time.
On the other hand, the government has filed an affidavit to evict all prawn gherries by May 31. Moreover, the government will submit status report regarding the preventive measures regarding the matter. Notably, expressing concern over the illegal encroachment in the wetlands across the nation, the Supreme Court of India has asked the High Court to work on it.