Pahalgam Illegal Constructions Have To Go: HC 

SRINAGAR  — All illegal constructions in Pahalgam health resort has to go, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court said on Wednesday even as it granted ‘last opportunity’ to state authorities to act in this regard. 

Ordering that all illegal constructions needed to be demolished, a division bench of the court also directed authorities that for repairing and renovating the legal structures, application forms needed to processed immediately and put them online.

Petitioner counsel advocate Parvez Imroz stated before court that inhabitants living around Pahalgam are poor and illiterate and cannot submit application online as they are unable to do so. 

The division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Alok Aradhe directed state authorities to receive application for repair and renovation in hardcopy from in habitants of Pahalgam and later on put them online. The court also directed that inhabitants may be informed regarding their application status.

Observing that ‘everybody’ is trying to make Kashmir a dumping zone, the Chief Justice Mittal underlined that Kashmir is such a beautiful place but “has been ruined.” 

“Look at the condition of Dal Lake and other water bodies and your health resorts,” the court observed. Meanwhile, the court also directed that plantation drive should continue in Pahalgam in months of plantation season.

The court while taking a note of Solid Waste Management also directed Chief  Secretary to take effective steps for implementation of SWM bylaws. It requested the official to ensure that enforcement of SWM (Solid waste management) system are in place in the state. The court also directed that implementation of SWM bylaws report can be sought from other states for its effective implementation and enforcement.

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