THE NORTH-WEST FRONTIER PROVINCE SALINITY CONTROL AND RECLAMATION OF LAND ORDINANCE.. 1987. 5th December, 1987. N.-W. F. P. ORDINANCE NO. VI OF 1987. AN ORDINANCE to make provisions for facilitating the execution of schemes for drainage of sub-surface water and removed of hinderance in installation of sub-surface drains in the North-West Frontier Province.
WHEREAS it is expedient to make provision for the execution of schemes for drainage of sub-surface water and removal of hinderance in installation of sub-surface drains and maintenance thereof in the manner hereinafter appearing;
AND WHEREAS the Provincial Assembly is not in session and the Governor of the North-West Frontier Province is satisfied that circumstances exist which render it necessary to take immediate action; NOW, THEREFORE, in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of Article 128 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Governor of the North-West Frontier Province is pleased to make and promulgate the following Ordinance:
1. (1) This Ordinance may be called the North-West Frontier Province Salinity Control and Reclamation of Land Ordinance, 1987.
2. In this Ordinance, unless the context otherwise requires,—
3. The provision of the Ordinance shall take effect notwithstanding anything to the contrary in any other law for the time being in force.
Provisions of the ordinance to be overriding.
4. (1) Government may, on its own motion or on the application of any owner of land or any person interested therein, direct the Authority to frame schemes for the control of salinity and reclamation of land in any local area or a part thereof.
Framing and implementation of scheme.
(2) When a scheme under sub-section (1) has been framed and approved by Government, the Authority shall prepare a notice stating—
and cause the said notice to be published in the official Gazette. The notice shall also be published in a newspaper or newspapers, for at least seven consecutive days for public information and may be displayed in such other manner as the Authority may deem appropriate to bring the scheme to the knowledge of the persons having interest in the land comprised in the scheme,
Restriction on plantation of trees or raising of structure.
(2) The Authority, where satisfied that the plantation of the deep- rooted tree is not likely to harm the sub-surface drains laid or to be laid under the scheme, or does not obstruct drainage in any manner, shall grant the permission requested for. Provided that where it is decided and to grant such permission or to grant it with such restriction s or conditions as the Authority may specify in that behalf, the decision of the Authority shall be final. (3) It shall be necessary for every person intending to erect or raise any building or permanent structure in a local area to ascertain from the Authority in writing that the site selected by him for raising any building or permanent structure does not run over a sub-surface drain.
(4) Any deep-rooted tree planted or any building or permanent structure erected or raised in default of the preceding sub-section shall be liable to be uprooted or demolished, as the case may be, at the cost of the defaulter and the defaulter shall not be entitled to any compensation therefor.
6. (1) On publication of the notice under sub-section (1) of section 4 in the official Gazette, it shall be lawful for any person or any authority Department or Organization acting under a general or special order of the Authority or of Government to enter upon any land comprised in the scheme with such men, animals, vehicles, appliances and instruments, as may be necessary, and undertake investigation, survey or levels thereon, and dig and bore into the land, and make and set up suitable land marks, pillars, levels marks and water-gauges and do all acts required for the determination of areas and intended lines of works for securing the flow of water and all other acts necessary for the implementation and maintenance of the scheme;
Provided that the functions aforesaid shall be discharged in such manner as to cause the least interference with and the leat damage to, the right of the owners in the land:Provided further that where it is necessary to enter into any building or enclosed court or garden attached to a dwelling house, the occupier of such building, enclosed court or garden shall be given such reasonable notice as the urgency of the case or the circumstances may require, before so entering.(2) It shall be lawful for any person acting under sub-secion (1) to make an entry for the purpose of inspection or search, to open or cause to be opened a door, gate or other barrier,—
Cases in which compensation is admissible.
7. If any damage is caused to trees, orchards, crops or temporary or permanent structures, already standing on the land comprised in a scheme on the date of notification under sub-section (2) of section 4, during the course of implementation, or, as the case may be, maintenance of the scheme, reasonable compensation, in the prescribed manner shall be admissible to the owners of such building or structures, or, as the case may be, the owner of such trees, orchards and crops.
Penalty to removing machinery, etc.
8. If any person, without lawful Authority,—
he shall be punishable with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees.
Penalty for obstruction.
he shall be punishable with simple imprisonment which may extend to three months or with fine not exceeding five thousand rupees or with both.
Cognizance of offence.
11. Where the owner of any temporary structure or tree or other plantations in a local area where a scheme under this Ordinance is in operation is directed by an Officer authorised in this behalf to remove the structure or to up-root any tree or other plantation, the removal or up-rooting whereof is necessary for the implementation or maintenance of the scheme, and he fails to remove the said structure or, as the ase may be, to up-root the tree or other plantation, within the period specified in the direction, it shall be lawful for the officer giving the direction to remove the structure or to up-root the tree or other plantation and the owner shall not be entitled to any compensation therefor.
Removal of structure, etc.
12. No suit or other proceeding shall lie against Government, the Authority or any other Department or Organization responsible for the implementation or maintenance of a scheme under this Ordinance or against any officer, servant or other person acting under the direction of Government, the Authority or any other Department or Organization, as the case may be, for anything which is in good faith done or intended to be done in pursuance of this Ordinance.
13. Govenment may make rules for carrying out the purposes of this Ordinance.
Power to make rules.
SCHEDULE [See Section-2 (b)]
1. Salix Species (Willow).2. Eucalyptus spp (eucalyptus).3. Dalbergia sisoo (shishamj.4. Tamarix articulata (temarix).5. Salmalia malabarica (simal).6. Melis azedarach (bakain).7. Populus species (popular).8. Morus alba(milbery).9. Ailenthus glandulosa (heaven tree). 10. Acacia nilotica (babool/kikar).