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PIL on Dal Lake Conservation: HC asks govt to file response
SRINAGAR, Aug 14: The High Court today asked the state government to file response in a Public Interest Litigation on world famous Dal Lake in last 30 years.

As the matter came up for hearing, a division bench of the High Court comprising Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar directed the government to file its response to various queries raised by the court from time to time by or before next date of hearing.

During earlier hearings in the matter, Lakes and waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) has informed the court that out of 315 kanals of land of Dal Lake encroached only 40 kanals have been retrieved.

The court had later directed LAWDA to file a compressive affidavit vis-à-vis 275 kanals of land which is still under encroachment.

The Court had also directed Traffic police department to ensure that no vehicle is washed on the banks of Dal Lake so that the water body will not get polluted. The DIG Traffic was directed to install signboards prohibiting the washing of vehicles on the banks of Dal Lake.

In 2002, the High Court had issued some directives on the cleaning of Dal Lake. A division bench of High Court, comprising Chief Justice B C Patel and Justice Muzaffar Jan, had directed the state government to take specific measures to give a new lease of life to Dal Lake.

The Srinagar Municipality and other developmental authorities were directed by the court to take steps to prevent the use of polythene in and around the lakes. In addition to this, the bench had ordered the sate Pollution Control Bard (PCB) to monitor the functioning of small industrial units around the lake ---particularly their waste disposal methods.

The court has termed the report of the PCB describing the condition of Dal Lake as stinking, savage looking and flow of sewage and waste into Dal Lake to be rule of the day as a saddening situation which ahs not been responded to by the chief secretary.

“In that view of the matter, we are left with no option but to make all the functionaries directly accountable to the court including the chief secretary. The report of the performance submitted through daily diaries being unsatisfactory and effective line of action for conservation and restoration operations within the Dal Lake have become imperative. In this context all the officers mentioned in the judgment shall file their personal affidavits giving details of steps taken,” the court had said in 2008.

The court ahs also asked the officers that their personal affidavits shall spell out an explanation which they owe to the court. “The court would also give the time bound schedule for completion of work but before passing any direction in this behalf it would be appropriate to know from authorities as to what in their estimation is the reasonable period for compliance of the court directions,” the division bench had observed in 2008.

News Updated at : Tuesday, August 14, 2012
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