SRINAGAR The J&K High Court has asked the government not to register 107 illegally constructed structures in Srinagar, the summer capital of the state.
Hearing a plea, a division bench of acting Chief Justice Alok Aradhe and Justice M K Hanjura also issued a notice to the government, seeking its objection within four weeks to a petition filed by an NGO, J&K Peoples Forum.
The directions followed submissions that 107 structures have been illegally constructed in Srinagar city within the jurisdiction of Srinagar Municipal Corporation and Lakes and Water Ways Development Authority.
He said additional secretary to government tourism department has written a communication to the director tourism Kashmir on 4 August last year to categorize 107 cases of the illegal constructions and for registration and to permit them fulfill the deficiency documents and to ensure that the registration is completed by the end of August.
In view of the submissions, it is directed that till next date of hearing, the construction referred to in the writ petition shall not be registered by the respondents, the court said, listing the case for further consideration on August 6.
The NGO said almost all these structures have been raised without any building permissions and land ownership certificates.
The violators now seek registration of these structures as hotels and guest houses. The state, in violation of norms prescribed under SRO 198 and subsequent Government order issued under J&K Tourist Trade Act as amended in 2011, is bent upon granting registration to these violators, it said.
The NGO claimed the matter was of public interest as all these structures have come up in no construction zones in and around river Jehlum and in Nishat area.
It said the grant of registration for running of hotels, guest houses, restaurants etc owes its origin under the Jammu and Kashmir Tourist Trade Act as amended in 2011.
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