HC bans all construction in Pahalgam; repairs only with BOCA go-ahead

HC bans all construction in Pahalgam; repairs only with BOCA go-ahead

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Monday directed the state government that no constructions shall be carried out in Pahalgam resort.
The court observed that, despite directions from time to time, constructions are taking place in fragile zones which is unfortunate and unacceptable.
The division bench headed by Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Alok Aradhe remarked that constructions should be stopped forthwith and if someone wants to repair existing structures, the same can be carried out only with the permission of the Building Operation and Controlling Authority (BOCA).
Justice Durrez said, “It must be clear that all the activities shall take place as per the master plan so that forest area, wildlife area and buffer zone of Pahalgam can be taken care of.”
The state government, under a notification dated 12 July 2012 under SRO 287, had appointed the BOCA for construction purposes with the DC Srinagar as its chairman.
The BOCA was also directed to take applications filed by residents of Pahalgam on priority so they could get permission for repairs on their structures.
Regarding the issue of solid waste treatment, Advocate General, Jehangir Iqbal Ganai submitted before court that solid waste is treated through a bio-remedial treatment process and is then passed to the River Lidder.
He further said 561.88 metric tons of waste is generated per month. Of this, 74 percent is generated by hotels and restaurants.
The status report submitted on behalf of the CEO Pahalgam Development Authority (PDA) informed the court that 6,000 metric tons of waste is used for fertilizers.
The report further said that there is one sewage treatment plant having a capacity of 200 million litres per day.
The court directed the PDA to give monthly and daily figures on the generation of solid waste of Pahalgam.