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PIL On Pahalgam: HC Summons DC Anantnag,Other Top Officers Today

'No advocate turns to represent official respondents'

Srinagar—The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday directed Chief Town Planner, Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, Chairman State Pollution Control Board and Regional Wild Life Warden to remain present before it on Thursday.

The directions was passed by a division bench of Justices Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Ali Mohammad Magrey as no advocate was present to represent any department except Pahalgam Development Authority when hearing of a Public Interest Litigation started before it.

“The direction issued on 24-10-2017, has not been complied with. Commissioner Secretary to Government Law Department to make arrangement for representation of the respondents in this Court tomorrow,” the court said, adding the head of the respondents shall also be present along with the compliance report which includes Chief Town Planner, Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, Chairman, Pollution Control Board and Regional Wild Life Warden. It directed its registry to fax the order to officers concerned by today itself.

On October 24, the court had directed Pahalgam Development Authority and State Pollution Control Board to consult each other “to bring the solid waste in line with the provisions of law” in the Pahalgam.

The court had also directed the SPCB to check the hotels and other commercial buildings as to whether the STPs were functioning properly or not.

It had also directed for complete action plan for treatment of sewage and solid waste and sought report whether the solid waste management rules of 2016 are implemented in letter and spirit. Wildlife warden was required to provide details regarding sanctuaries and other details.

The court had also directed in case application have not been filed before BOCA then the applicant shall approach the authority with one week and thereafter BOCA shall decide the same strictly in tune with Master Plan.

The court was hearing the PIL filed by Peoples Welfare Organization Pahalgam through advocate Parvez Imroz. It essentially seeks directions for the Protection of ecologically fragile environs of Pahalgam from further destruction and damage.

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