Srinagar: The High Court on Thursday directed the state government to file its response to the allegations of illegal construction along Jhelum at Rajbagh made by Peoples Environmental Council.
The application was filed by G H Kango, the chairman of People Environment Council through his counsel, Advocate Syed Musaib seeking directions to stop the unauthorized constructions on the banks of Jhelum at Rajbagh Srinagar.
The application alleged that huge encroachment is taking place on the banks of River Jhelum at Zero Bridge.
“On the east side, an unauthorized service station is functional and a sizable open land has been filled by the adjacent hoteliers for unauthorized parking of vehicles. The encroachers have openly erected a sign-board claiming their proprietary rights on the said land,” reads the application.
It further says that on the west side of this flood basin, a multi-storied hotel is being allowed to construct which will adversely impact the ecology of the vicinity.
The division bench headed by Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Sanjeev Kumar directed state to file response on next date of hearing without fail.
Advocate Musaib pleaded before court that violation of law is at peak when it concerns the water bodies.
“Constructions are allowed despite there is clear cut ban but still influential people make their ways to put huge constructions around water bodies. This should be stopped, otherwise 2014 floods like situation is waiting to knock at our doors.” he said.
The court was further informed that the pipes of one upgraded dewatering station throw snow, rain and waste into the Jhelum “due to the official apathy”.
The application mentioned that as per the Master Plan of greater Srinagar City 2001-2020, the location of the hotel is shown as a water body and the construction of hotel is violation of the Master Plan.
The high court has already banned constructions around the banks of water bodies but still the court orders are put to dust by concerned authorities in power.