HC rejects plea against laying of 220KV Kishanganga transmission line

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has dismissed a plea, seeking directions to restrain government of India from laying 220KV Kishanganga transmission line through Aloosa Village in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.  

“The petitioners cannot compel the authorities to change the alignment of the transmission lines. The route of the transmission lines is designed regard being had to a variety of considerations, chiefly, the technical criterion and frame work,” a single bench of Justice M K Hanjura said. 

“Any deviation will lead to consequences which may be perilous, risky and unsafe and, to cap it all, the decision so made by the authorities is not amenable to judicial review. It is not within the power and jurisdiction of this Court to substitute its own views on what and how the route of the transmission line should be. It is within the domain and power of the technical personnel to decide and execute the project as per specifications,” the court said and dismissed the petition. 

In their plea, the petitioners submitted that the authorities are laying high voltage transmission lines of 220KV Kishanganga Amargarh, Wagoora, through the densely populated area of Aloosa, Bandipora. 

They argued that the link of the transmission lines and towers being hazardous to human life, therefore, they made a request to the authorities to divert their course through the adjacent forest area conducive for such transmission lines. 

Even though they initially started laying the transmission lines and towers through the forest and hilly areas, the petitioners said, however, they abruptly changed the course of these transmission lines towards the Aloosa village and in case the authorities succeed in laying the transmission lines over their village, people are likely to be deprived of the optimum use of the land, which is the only source of their occupation. The electric transmission lines and towers are a threat to their life and property, especially when the area is abounded with schools and other commercial establishments, they said.  

Concerned authorities had stated that executing agency of the project of laying the transmission line 220 KV Kishen Ganga, Amargarh Wagoora, Budgam, made proper survey though an experienced team of Technical Officers and selected the route for laying the transmission line was selected.  

They said work was started in 2014, which was to be completed by the end of the year 2017 at any cost “keeping in view the fact that it is a very important project for providing proper and adequate electricity to the public at large.”

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