Enforce Polythene Ban Strictly: HC

Srinagar: Prohibition on polythene required to be strictly enforced, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court has said and asked the authorities to notifying the public regarding the prohibitions and fines for carrying such material in ecologically fragile J&K and Ladakh.

“A direction is issued to the Home Department, J&K State Pollution Control Board, Tourism Department, Floriculture Department, Environment and Forest Department and Housing and Urban Development Department to prepare proper publicity material which shall be posted in the electronic / print media as well as displayed on signages at all prominent places in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh ..notifying the public regarding the prohibitions and disclosing the liabilities which shall flow to the vehicle/owners for carrying such prohibited material including the financial liabilities/fines,” a division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Puneet Gupta said.

“An action taken report shall be filed by the respondents (authorities) before the next date of hearing,” the court said, adding, “Copy of this order be served on Secretaries, Home Department; Housing and Urban Development Department; Tourism Department; Environment and Forest Department; J&K State Pollution Control Board; Floriculture Department and all Development Authorities including the Srinagar / Jammu Development Authorities, Pahalgam Development Authority, Gulmarg Development Authority, Sonamarg Development Authority, Patnitop Development Authority.”

The court passed the order while hearing an application seeks release of a vehicle (Truck) carrying prohibited material including polythene.

“In as much as Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh is an ecologically fragile area especially the tourism spots and the prohibition on polythene required to be strictly enforced, it is essential that the respondents give due publicity of the prohibition and apprise all vehicle owners and the public at large about the legal position,” the court said.

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