Illegal constructions at Pahalgam have to go: HC

Illegal constructions at Pahalgam have to go: HC
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Gives authorities last opportunity to act

Srinagar: The J&K High court Wednesday said that all illegal constructions at Pahalgam health resort have to go and gave the state authorities “last opportunity” to act on the issue.
Stating that illegal constructions need to be demolished, the division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Alok Aradhe hearing a PIL filed by Peoples Welfare Organization, Pahalgam, also directed authorities to immediately process applications for repair and renovation of legal structures, and put them online.
The petitioner counsel, Parvez Imroz told the court that the inhabitants living around Pahalgam were poor and illiterate, and hence cannot file applications online.
The court then directed authorities to receive applications for repair and renovation in hard copy from inhabitants and later put them online. The court also directed that inhabitants be informed about the status of their application.
In a terse remark, the court observed that “everybody’ was making Kashmir a dumping zone.
“Kashmir is such a beautiful place but you have ruined it, look at the condition of Dal and other water bodies and your health resorts,” Chief Justice Mittal remarked.
Meanwhile the court also directed that plantation drive should continue in Pahalgam in plantation season.
Taking note of solid waste management, the court directed Chief Secretary to take effective steps for implementation of SWM bylaws. The court told the official to ensure that enforcement of SWM (Solid waste management) system is in place in the state. It said that for effective implementation and enforcement of SWM bylaws reports can be sought from other states.