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MumbaiE: The High Court has expressed displeasure over the delay in setting up an independent Civil Defense Force office in Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri and Raigad districts of Konkan, which have been declared dangerous due to natural calamities, and the functioning of the state government. A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Girish Kulkarni of the state government, seeking another month to hold the office, appointed Adv. The public interest litigation filed through Rakesh Bhatkar received good news. Why has the Civil Defense Force not complied with the establishment of the office by sending correspondence and reminders from time to time in the last five years? Nothing has been done in five years and now he has asked the state government to take a decision in two weeks. Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri districts of Konkan have been declared dangerous due to natural calamities. However, a public interest litigation has been filed in the high court seeking an order to set up a Civil Defense Force office in the district. The petition, filed by Adv. Rakesh Bhatkar on behalf of retired revenue officer Sharad Raul, was heard before a bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Girish Kulkarni. At this time, on behalf of the petitioners, Adv. Add. According to Rakesh Bhatkar, six districts including Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Raigad, Thane, Mumbai and Palghar in Konkan were declared dangerous in terms of natural calamities. The decision was taken in 2011 by the headquarters of the Civil Defense Force of the Central Government. Accordingly, orders were issued to set up Civil Defense Forces Centers in these six districts. Accordingly, the selection process of the officers required for the respective centers has been completed and the final list has been sent to the Maharashtra Headquarters for approval. When problems arose regarding the space, the District Collectors of both Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg also provided space for the office. Servants were also recruited. But the center has not been set up yet. These centers are functioning in the other four districts but not for the other two districts. Both the districts have been hit by storms and rains over the past year. Due to the floods in Chiplun a fortnight ago, it took a day and a half for the Civil Defense Force personnel to reach there as there were no offices in these districts. This was also brought to the notice of the court. At the last hearing, the state government had said that the two districts did not need a civil defense force. Nisha Mehra told the court. Taking note of the affidavit filed by the Director General of the Civil Defense Force, the bench expressed displeasure over the working of the state government. The question arose as to why the state government needed more time to take action while the correspondence, reminders were being issued from time to time since 2016 with regard to setting up the office in the last five years. The Home Secretary directed that a decision be taken within two weeks with the permission of the concerned department and adjourned the hearing of the petition.