Mughal Gardens Our Heritage, Protect Them: HC

SRINAGAR — The J&K High Court on Wednesday directed State government to protect Mughal gardens and other green spaces in the state by addressing all the deficiencies expeditiously.

Hearing a Public Interest Litigation, the court also directed authorities that any defacement of these gardens should not be done. 

It also directed government to create awareness and install public hoardings for not defacing public property and punishment thereto.

 “We direct respondents to issue publicity at large regarding defacement of public property and authorities shall ensure that public hoardings are installed and strict action be taken for defacing structures at Mughal gardens or at any other place,” a division bench of the court said.

The court also ordered that plantation in these gardens be carried out regularly so that diversity of plant species can flourish and attract more and more visitors.

“The Mughal gardens are our heritage and this heritage has to preserved and protected,” the court said.

The court passed the directions to government after Amicus Curiae, Faisal Qadri submitted his report before court which pointed many deficiencies related to the maintenance of parks and gardens in the state.

Out of 11 gardens, Amicus had physically inspected 4 gardens, the court directed the counsel to visit the rest of the gardens and submit his report before court on next date of hearing.

The court also directed authorities to place status of three Mughal Gardens namely Shalimar garden, Nishat Garden and Cheshma-Shahi. The court called for strict surveillance of all these gardens and remarked that they are of archaeological importance.

Meanwhile Counsel appearing for the State informed court that they started a Maali Training School where gardeners will be given information regarding hybrid plants and other palnt species.

The court said that any planning with respect to creation of plant diversity be examined by the authorities.

The court recorded that all over the world, parks and gardens act as catalyst between nature and man and help people in soothing out their stress but unfortunately in our part of world we are still lagging behind.

Meanwhile Counsel appearing for the State informed court that they started a Maali Training School where gardeners will be given information regarding hybrid plants and other palnt species.

The court said that any planning with respect to creation of plant diversity be examined by the authorities.

The court recorded that all over the world, parks and gardens act as catalyst between nature and man and help people in soothing out their stress but unfortunately in our part of world we are still lagging behind.

The court directed that details of plantation be placed before this court specifically  which have a footfall from all over the world.

The court had taken cognizance of a letter by former chief justice and incumbent chairperson of State Human Rights Commission regarding need for earmarking areas for parks and green space in Srinagar city.

 

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