Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Monday told the state authorities to plant 7500 trees at the Pahalgam resort.
Hearing a litigation on Pahalgam resort, the division bench of acting Chief Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar and Justice Tashi Rabstan directed CEO Pahalgam Development Authority (PDA) to plant 7500 trees at the resort for its beautification and sustenance of environmental balance.
“Environment is prime concern and we cannot close our eyes to environment degradation,” Justice Ramalingam said.
Meanwhile CEO, PDA informed the court that a solid waste management plan has been made operational and would be implemented by 25 April, 2018. He said that geo mapping and superimposition of the villages coming around the resort has been done and Khasra numbers have been placed.
Observing that the solid waste management plan would go a long way in curbing pollution, the court asked Chief Secretary “to issue suitable instructions to effectively implement Solid waste management plan.”
“This order should be read along where the commissioner Secretary, Housing and Urban development was directed to ensure implementation of solid waste management plan in entire state without any discrimination,” the court said.
The court further pointed that polythene and plastic should be curbed at all levels.
On previous hearing court had directed Pollution Control Board to implement SRO 45 wisely so that the use of polythene and plastic can be curbed at all levels.
The court had observed that the use of polythene and other non-biodegradable items used in day to day life cause long term environment damage and health hazards affecting the flora and fauna, besides damaging water bodies, therefore a coordinated and multi-pronged approach was required for curbing the menace of polythene and other non-biodegradable substances effectively.