Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Monday directed state authorities to positively file Action Plan report about recovery of encroached land/encroachments and dredging of water bodies within two weeks.
The court also directed Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood control to file an affidavit with the report that all the statements in the report are correct otherwise he shall be responsible for the consequences.
Hearing a PIL filed by Environmental Policy Group, the division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Alok Aradhe said, “In view of the order dated 5 March,2018 the respondents shall file report with regard to encroachments and total area dredged so far. The report be filed within two weeks”.
Meanwhile, the petitioner, Peer-Noor-ul-Haq, stated before court that nothing has been done by government agencies in curbing the encroached land and alleged that the high rank public officials were hand in glove with the violators.
The court thereafter directed government to file report within four weeks on the issue as the petitioner “has levelled serious allegations against public officials”.
The Court pointed out that against 1910 Kaccha and Pakka illegal structures and 1507 boundaries that have to be removed, authorities have removed only 106 structures “which means very little has been done”. The court also remarked that 11 lac 469 cubic metres have to be dredged. Chief Justice remarked that it was a failure of authorities to remove encroachments.
She also asked government advocates to read files properly before coming to court. “There should be thorough examination of court orders then only things can move forward,” CJ Mittal said.