The Sonitpur District Administration has put a ban on illegal construction in Tezpur.
The decision was taken to protect the biodiversity and ecology of Tezpur.
Penal provisions under the Disaster Management Act 2005 have also been imposed in case of violations of the order to ban illegal constructions.
Sonitpur District Magistrate Manoj Kumar Deka in an order passed on Thursday said the natural beauty of the historic Tezpur town has been decreasing due to illegal construction work in some low-lying areas and wetlands of the town.
The order given on Thursday said, “No person shall carry out any construction work on the wetlands and other low lying areas in Tezpur town without prior permission from the concerned authorities.
All such construction work that may cause damage to the natural beauty, biodiversity and ecology have been barred under section 26 (2), 30 (2) and 34 of Disaster Management Act 2005 with immediate effect and it will be continued until further order,” said the order.
The order also stated that the authorities who are empowered to issue permission for construction work in areas under the jurisdiction of the Tezpur Municipal Board and the Tezpur Town Development Authority have also been cautioned to stop issuing such permissions with immediate effect.
The order also said violation of this order will be dealt with sections 51 to 58 of the Disaster Management Act 2005.