SRINAGAR: J&K High Court has granted state government three weeks time to comply with its directions regarding non-conversion of agriculture land as well as retrieval of Kahcharie (pasture) land from encroachers across the Kashmir Valley.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), a division bench of Justices Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Ali Mohammad Magrey granted the time after additional advocate general N H Shah sought the same.
Time and again, the court has directed all Deputy Commissioners to “faithfully” follow statutory provisions and its directions on conversion of agriculture land and file fresh status report.
The court has already passed slew of directions for implementing the Land Revenue Act, Agrarian Reforms Act, J&K Alienation of the Land Act and other applicable Acts.
The Acts, as observed by the court, empower the Revenue authorities to stop the conversion of the land for other uses such as construction of houses, etc., and take action against the violators.
The court was hearing a PIL- Human Watch (Regd) International Vs State & others, seeking impletion of the laws to prevent the conversion of the agriculture land for any purpose other than it is meant to be in the Valley.
The court has already directed Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, to file a comprehensive report about the removal of illegal encroachments and unauthorized occupation of the Kahcharie land in all districts.