Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed concerned officers to ensure no sumo operates from TRC stand and that its land is handed over to J&K Sports Council within one week.
In case of failure, a division bench of Chief Justice M M Kumar and Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar warned that action under Contempt of Courts Act shall be initiated against all the erring officers.
During a hearing on April 15, the government had informed the court that the sumo stand has been shifted to Pantha Chowk.
However, the bench had noticed that two huts still exist there and the sumo vehicles were still operating.
Subsequently, the bench had asked the Director J&K Sports Council to file an affidavit, stating as to why sumos are being allowed to operate from there.
As the case came up for hearing, counsel for J&K Sports Council stated that the land was yet to be handed over to the department.
He also filed a formal application, reiterating huts continue to exist and sumos keep operating from the site.
Consequently, the bench issued a notice to the government which was accepted by Additional Advocate General M A Chashoo. It also made clear to advocate Chashoo that if the court finds sumos operating from the site, action under contempt of courts act shall be initiated against all erring officers.
“The compliance report handing over the site to J&K Sports Council through its secretary shall be filed on or before the adjourn date,” the court said and posted the case for hearing next week.
Meanwhile, Srinagar Development Authority (SDA) in compliance to directions regarding problems confronting general public on account of traffic congestion and bus stand at Panthachowk, submitted that RITES India Pvt Ltd has been contacted by it in order to provide solution to various problems faced at regional bus terminal Panthachowk and related issues.
Advocate Javed Iqbal, representing SDA said that on March 29 a letter was sent to the RITES but no response has been received so far.
He stated that SDA may depute an officer to personally visit RITES head office at Gurgaon, New Delhi and discuss the whole issue within a week.
Thereafter, he said, the team of experts of RITES may visit Srinagar and discuss the matter with their counterparts available with SDA or any other architect etc.
“The solution to the problem may be found and report be submitted to this court. The experts from RITES and SDA may also attend the hearing of the court on adjourn date,” the division bench said.
RITES (Rail India Technical and Economic Service) is a Government of India enterprise “which provides comprehensive engineering, consultancy and project management services in the transport infrastructure sector.”
In another direction, the bench directed Srinagar Municipal Corporation to remove garbage at Panthachowk.
The direction followed perusal of the report by SDA that on account of non-availability of dumping site, the heap of garbage could not be removed.
“It has been pointed out that SMC has a dumping site at Achan and the matter regarding removal of garbage is being taken with SMC. The SMC shall immediately swing in action and remove the garbage, dump it in dumping site at Achan of course subject to payment of its dues,” the court said.
In compliance report submitted by IGP Traffic, it has been stated that there are no vehicles older than 25 years found plying on the road.
“A list of such vehicles has been furnished by RTO Kashmir was received and it has been circulated to subordinate wing of traffic to take action in compliance of the directions already passed by the court from time to time.”