SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court on Thursday directed chief town planner Kashmir to prepare a proposal regarding areas and villages falling in the jurisdiction of Gulmarg within three weeks and submit it to the tourism department for immediate action and consider review of SRO-112/1999 and 61-2008.
The Court also asked CEO Gulmarg Development Authority (GDA) to submit the status report of draft masterplan of the tourist resort on the next hearing.
The chief town planner who was present in the court submitted map of Gulmarg and its adjoining areas. He told the court that around 26 villages fall in the Gulmarg bowl, “but we are yet to take call on their planning and development”. He said they planning was in process, and “we will make a proposal for the same.”
Hearing the PIL on preservation of Gulmarg, the division bench headed by chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey remarked that planning process should be done immediately.
Meanwhile, the CEO Gulmarg informed the court that a meeting was convened on 16 October 2017 and recommendations were given for the masterplan which is now lying before the cabinet for approval.
On this the court directed that status report of draft master plan be submitted before it on next hearing.
Meanwhile State Pollution Control Board submitted a report on water quality and ambient air quality of Gulmarg.
“The compliance report dated 25-10-2017 submitted on behalf of SPCB has been examined by us. The report indicates that physio-chemical properties of water at Gulmarg are almost under permissible limits. The report also states that the upper stream water is better than downstream pertaining there is contamination on down flow of water. With regard ambient air quality it is under permissible limits,” the court remarked.
The CEO Gulmarg also informed court that for solid waste, a treatment plant will be set up which will be operational by end of November.
“We have seen compliance report of CEO Gulmarg development authority dated 24-10-2017. Four areas have been identified by SPCB which require action on water quality. In response to the above, CEO (GDA) has submitted that solid waste management plant will be operational by end of November 2017,” the court said.
Meanwhile, Advocate Sofi suggested before court that CCTV’s be installed at Tangmarg checkpost, Baba rishi and at Gulmarg checkpost for curtailing polythene and plastic use. He also said that the use of CCTV’s will check ferrying of illegal construction material.
Court directed CEO GDA to examine the proposal and submit report before court. The court also directed that immediate demarcation of certain forest areas.