SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court on Tuesday directed the Building Operation Control Authority (BOCA) to submit report on Environment Assessment Plan forwarded by state government to them within two weeks.
The court also directed that after report was filed by BOCA, it should be placed before concerned authorities for revision of Master Plan Sonamarg.
Meanwhile, Chief Executive officer (CEO), Sonmarg Development authority, Shabir Ahmed Raina who was present before court informed that the vehicular traffic on Srinagar-Leh road has been stopped. He stated that pony tracks have also been designated and natural tracks will be designated soon.
The division bench headed by Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey directed that though vehicular traffic has been stopped but alternative measures like ponies and electric cars should be placed for movement of the people.
Also fencing and sanitation of pony yards should be maintained, the division bench directed.
“It is important to save environment and this can be done when there is implementation and management of the rules to be followed,” Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed said.
The court observed that meadows were disappearing and this was a cause of concern for everyone.
Amicus curie Nadeem Qadri submitted before the court that green meadows in Sonamarg have disappeared and unplanned development has led to this disaster.
The court directed that implementation of Wildlife Protection Act and Environment Protection Act should be done in letter and spirit. Doing this can solve half the problems, the court said.
“We all need to stand for the environment and this can happen when there is implementation of the environmental Act on the ground,” Qadri said adding the sewage and polythene is a concern for eco-fragile zone of Sonmarg.
In response, the court directed the CEO to ensure proper sewage treatment and waste disposal. “We also direct CEO SDA that ban on polythene should be implemented in letter and spirit,” the court order said. The station house officer of the local police station was asked to cooperate with the authorities.
Directions were also passed to the State Pollution Control Board to submit an updated report on water and air pollution in Sonamarg besides the manner of treatment of the effluent.