HC Asks Govt To Reveal Steps For Wetland Preservation 

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SRINAGAR — The J&K High Court on Tuesday directed state government to file a report on steps being taken for preservation of wetlands in the state within a period of one week.

Initiating suo motu proceedings as per the direction of Supreme Court, a division bench of Acting Chief Justice Alok Aradhe and Justice Tashi Rabstan granted one week time to concerned authorities after Additional Advocate General requested court to grant more time for filing the report.

The High Court has taken up this issue by filing a PIL, suo motu, after the Supreme Court on April 3, 2017 directed all high courts to monitor the progress and management of wetland areas and to monitor public funds spent for this purpose by the government. The Centre was also asked to take adequate measures for preservation of the nearly 2 lakh wetlands in the country

The court had complied an order of the apex court in a writ petition civil no.230/2017 titled M K Balakrishanan vs Union of India as PIL, on its own motion on wetlands vs J&K state & others.

The apprehension of the petitioner, M K Balakrishanan and others, is that there was a possibility that some of the wetlands may disappear with the passage of time, due to neglect and indifference by the authorities, who may connive at constant encroachment.

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