Big persons are in illegal possession of state land. If there would be a poor man in their place, you would throw him within seconds: Division bench of Justices M H Attar and A M Magrey
SRINAGAR: The J&K high court has directed Gulmarg Development Authority to remove all the illegal constructions in Gulmarg and take possession of the property by October 17.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation, a division bench of Justices Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Ali Mohammad Magrey the Chief Executive Officer of the GDA to ensure that court orders are implemented and no illegal construction was allowed to be raised within its jurisdiction.
“He (CEO) shall also take action in light of the two reports of the court commissioners and the action taken report be filed before the next date,” the court said and posted the PIL for further consideration and filing of the compliance report in the week commencing from October 17.
The division bench directed the SDM, and SDPO Gulmarg to render all assistance to the CEO for enforcing the law and implementing the court orders. CEO Gulmarg was present before the court.
Assistant Solicitor General of India S A Makroo submitted on behalf of Army stationed in and around Gulmarg that the court commissioners have made recommendations for repair of internal roads and repair of damaged water pipes for supply of drinking water.
“The competent authority will pass orders in accordance with law and in light of recommendations of the court commissioners” the division bench said.
During the course of the hearing that court observed losing everything like Dal, Jhelum, Pahalgam and other tourist places.
“Big persons are in illegal possession of state land. If there would be a poor man in their place, you would throw him within seconds,” the court said and reminded the government of its duty to enforce the law of land.
The court has already stopped all the construction activities in Gulmarg, the ecologically fragile all seasoned tourist resort in north Kashmir’s Barmulla district.
“If any person violates the court directions and continue with the construction activities, then the authority (GDA) shall forthwith seal such structure,” the court had said.
The court had also directed that no building material or constructional material shall be transported to Gulmarg till further orders by it.
The PIL was filed in 2012 by one Mohammad Rafiq Zargar, seeking directions to save the Gulmarg and Tangmarg, the world famous tourist resorts, from encroachments and pollution.