SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court on Wednesday granted hotel Grand Palace a week’s time to take remedial measures for bringing its Sewage Treatment Plants to permissible limits.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation, a division bench of justices Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Ali Mohammad Magrey passed the direction after perusal of a report by state’s Pollution Control Board (PCB) and counsel for the hotel.
“In the compliance report while referring to hotel grand palace, it has been stated that bio-chemical oxygen demand is in excess of the permissible limit. It is also mentioned that TSS is also in excess than the permissible limit,” the court observed.
At this stage, advocate K S Johl, counsel for Grand Palace, sought and was granted week’s time to take remedial steps for complying with the prescribed norms.
“Before last date, it shall be ensured that all the STPs are brought to the level where it maintains the prescribed norms. The PCB by the end of this week (shall) take fresh samples from the STPs and submit fresh report before next date,” the court said.
In respect of hotel Centaur Lake View, the PCB stated that the samples collected on March 14 were conforming to prescribed norms.
However about the STP at SKIMS Soura, the PCB reported that bio-chemical oxygen demand was found in excess than the prescribed limits.
The PCB also stated that STP was recently under renovation and was presently under stabilization phase.
“The PCB (shall) collect the samples of hotel centaur and SKIMS and submit its report before next date,” the court said.
It also directed the concerned to file a report where the water after treatment from STPs goes.
“It shall be specifically mentioned where water is taken after it has been treated in STPs,” the court said and posted the PIL for further consideration on week commencing from April 16.