HC slams govt for delay in Gulmarg masterplan

HC slams govt for delay in Gulmarg masterplan
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Srinagar: The J&K High court on Tuesday came down heavily on state government for not preparing and finalizing masterplan for Gulmarg.
The court granted three weeks time to authorities for taking final decision regarding the masterplan after Additional Advocate General, N A Beigh requested court to grant three weeks time for finalization of masterplan.
Beigh said that authorities were taking up the issue “very firmly” and the court would be informed about the decision on masterplan within three weeks.
The court said that if any positive decision was not taken and status report not filed on the next date, the Bench would be constrained to call for personal appearance of all the concerned authorities who have delayed the process.
“From 2017 directions were passed to authorities for finalization of Master Plan. We are now in the year 2018 but till date same has not done,” the division bench said.
The court remarked that filing of litigation has an object to redress the grievances of the general public and to advance the cause of the public the execution lies in the hands of government agencies.
“The approach adopted by the concerned agencies is totally unaccepted. If five years have been taken for preparation of the master plan what more can be said now on the working of government officials,” the court said.
Meanwhile, Pollution Control Board has submitted a report before court stating that out of 14 Category-A hotels having more than 19 rooms 12 were inspected in December.
The report states that STPs of four hotels were found functional and samples collected from these hotels have been sent for analysis, whereas in five hotels STPs (Sewerage treatment plants)were found frozen; two hotels were found without any commercial activities and one STP was damaged due to winter.
The SPCB counsel sought further time in view of the harshness of the winter and freezing weather in Gulmarg for filing updated status report.
The court directed SPCB to file latest report by March 2.
For removing encroachments around the meadow, Deputy Commissioner, Baramulla was directed to provide assistance requested by the chief Executive Officer, Gulmarg development Authority (GDA).
The court also directed GDA to file status report on next hearing.