Srinagar: The owners of the Grand Palace and Centaur hotels were asked by the high court on Thursday to explain why their hotels should not be closed for violating pollution norms.
Hearing a PIL, a division bench of Justices Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Ali Mohammad Magrey also directed both the owners as well as Director SKIMS to appear before the court on next of hearing to explain their position.
It also directed the Pollution Control Board to provide a copy of the latest reports to all of them. Advocate Farah Bashir accepted the notice on behalf of the state-owned Hotel Centaur.
On the last date of hearing, the court had directed all stakeholders to take immediate remedial measures to stop direct inflow of pollutants into the Dal Lake or other water bodies.
“All the stake holders including Hotel Centaur, Hotel Grand Palace and SKIMS Soura to take immediate remedial steps and file compliance report,” the court said, adding that if the remedial steps were not taken, it will be “constrained” to initiate measures, which might also result in shutting down all these hotels.
The court’s direction had followed perusal of a report by PCB which suggests direct inflow of effluents in the water bodies by the hotels and the SKIMS.