KU experts to finalise environment assessment report on Sonamarg master plan

KU experts to finalise environment assessment report on Sonamarg master plan

Srinagar: The Environment Impact Assessment report regarding Sonamarg masterplan would be finalised and submitted after an expert call from University of Kashmir, the state government informed the High Court Wednesday.
The court was also informed that the proposed golf course at Sonamarg has been put on hold and the issue would be taken up only after the Impact Assessment report is finalised.
Hearing as PIL on Sonamarg, the division bench of Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey remarked that necessary steps would be taken in the masterplan after the environment assessment report is submitted.
“In compliance to the order dated 11-10-2017 regarding the relocation of proposed golf course, the meeting has been held by BOCA (Building Operations Controlling Authority) wherein unanimously it has been decided that Master plan needs to be revisited. In this behalf BOCA is in the process of formulating some suggestions which are to be routed to the University of Kashmir to finalize comprehensive Environment Impact Assessment report. On receiving this report necessary steps will be taken in the Master Plan as per the standing instructions,” the court said.
Meanwhile amicus curie Nadeem Qadri pleaded before the court that he wants to make some more suggestions on masterplan. The court told him to file suggestions on next date of hearing and provide an advance copy to BOCA.
The status report submitted by Srinagar Development Authority states that Pollution Control Board (PCB) had visited Sarabal dumping site at Sonamarg. The report said that the installation of disintergator for disposing off the non-biodegradable waste at Sarbal Sonmarg was agreed in principle by the government. The communication has been sent to commissioner secretary to government, tourism, Srinagar, but it is still awaited.
The court directed that matter should be again taken up with government and passed directions to Chief Executive Officer, Sonamarg to procure high quality standard machine for waste disposal.
Meanwhile, the state counsel informed the court that two trucks of garbage have been collected from Baltal to Ranga Point and disposed off scientifically with help of SMC, at Srinagar. In addition to this, Sind Nallah has been cleared of all kinds of plastic, polythene,old clothes and bottles.
The court described the actions as appreciable and directed amicus curie to monitor the process carefully.
The court also directed amicus curie to furnish response to the PCB report on next hearing.