SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court on Monday expressed optimism that a high-level monitoring panel, constituted recently for devising a permanent mechanism for “preserving and protecting” Dal Lake, will achieve desired results “immediately”.
“The monitoring committee is expected will take immediate steps to achieve the desired results of preserving and conserving the water bodies’ more particularly the world famous Dal Lake,” said a division bench of Justices Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Ali Mohammad Magrey while hearing a Public Interest Litigation.
Headed by chief secretary, the committee comprises 11 top officers from various departments besides senior advocate Zaffar Ahmed Shah, who is also amicus curie in the PIL, instituted in 2002 for protection of the lake, one of the endangered water bodies in Kashmir.
The court also made clear that the meeting of the monitoring committee shall be attended by all the nominated members on the scheduled date.
“The monitoring committee is permitted to form sub committees for dealing with the issues which are being referred by the court,” the division bench added. The panel is scheduled to meet on last Friday of every month.
The committee in its first meeting last month decided that commissioner secretary, Law and Justice, would work out the formulation of a comprehensive legal framework for the enactment of a strong legislation for the preservation of all water-bodies in the state in consultation with the amicus curie and other stake holders.
A Scientific Advisory Committee would also be constituted as the monitoring committee felt that it has important role in providing scientific guidance for conservation and management of Dal and Nigeen lakes.
“The scientific expertise of various fields of reputed institutions be explored and it shall be ensured that the Scientific Advisory Committee is in place so that the scientific advices are converted into actions on ground,” the committee had said in another decision. It had taken as many six decisions including expeditious development of Rakh-e-Arth colony for Dal dwellers, to have proper demarcation of 200 meters ‘no construction zone’ from the periphery of Dal and Nigeen lakes, strengthening Enforcement wing of the LAWDA and assessing management and conservation measures being undertaken in other lakes of India, more particularly Bhopal to be replicated for Dal and Nigeen lakes.
Meanwhile, state pollution control Board filed a status report, highlighting shortcomings at various levels of Dal preservation.
However, the court observed that nothing has been stated about what action has been taken by it. At this state, advocate general stated that fresh affidavit will be filed to indicate what action has been taken in the matter. Following his statement, the court posted the PIL for further consideration in first week of August.