HC tells govt to finalise Srinagar master plan with urgency

HC tells govt to finalise Srinagar master plan with urgency
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‘Place notification before court within 3 weeks’

Srinagar: The J&K High court Monday directed the government to finalize Srinagar Master Plan (2017-2035) with utmost ‘urgency’ and place the date of notification before the court within three weeks.
The court remarked that the Srinagar city has seen devastating floods in 2014 and it was necessary that the master plan be notified and enforced.
The court observed that from 16 May 2017, when the master plan was drafted, the government has failed to notify it.
“It cannot be denied and it has to be finalized with utmost urgency so the deluge of 2014 like incidents can be stopped,” the court said.
Additional Advocate General (AAG) B A Dar informed the court that Master Plan has been prepared and is only to be notified now. Hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Mujeeb Andrabi in 2013, the division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Alok Aradhe told the AAG to give the court an exact date for the master plan notification, to which he replied that he did not have information about the exact date but assured that the master plan was is in final stage for approval.
The court said, “Adjournment to place notification, let same be placed before us within three weeks.”
The court said a status report filed by the state does not show any where notifying the master plan for general public.
It also directed to place before the court the outcome of a review meeting held on the Masterplan with the Governor this month.