Srinagar: The J&K High Court has directed Chief Secretary to file an affidavit, indicating steps taken to finalize the draft master plan for Gulmarg, the world famous tourist resort.
“Taking into consideration the directions passed by this court on the previous date of hearing and the response shown by the respondents towards it. We feel appropriate to ask the chief secretary of J&K to file an affidavit before the court indicating therein steps having been taken for finalizing the Draft master plan by the next date of hearing,” a division bench of Justices Ali Mohammad Magrey and B S Walia said and posted case, a Public Interest Litigation, in the week commencing May 15.
During the previous hearing of the PIL, the advocate general had stated that a Draft Master Plan for Gulmarg will be placed before the cabinet for approval. The court had asked the government to file compliance report after four weeks.
On December 21 last year, the Chief Executive Officer of the Gulmarg Development Authority stated that the final presentation of the Master Plan was made before the Chief Minister on June 1 last year and that its approval by the Cabinet was awaited.
The court has time and again said that a duty is cast on all the functionaries of the State responsible and entrusted with the assignment of maintaining the glory and beauty of the world famous tourist resort, Gulmarg, to maintain its standard in all its forms.
The court had also reiterated that “any sort of construction taking place, any encroachment taking place, or any other activity of which a note has been taken earlier by this court from time to time is to be reported to this court with utmost dispatch, without waiting for any specific direction in this behalf.”
The PIL was filed in 2012 by a person named Mohammad Rafiq Zargar, seeking directions for protection of the fragile environment of Gulmarg.