Srinagar: A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the J&K High court seeking protection of forest cover in the Sindh forest range where tree felling is going on for a 220 KV power transmission line.
The Petitioner, Lone Altaf of Ganderbal has filed the petition against State of J&K through Chief Secretary, Civil Secretariat Srinagar/Jammu,Secretary, Forest Department, Civil Secretariat, Srinagar/Jammu,Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, Srinagar, Kashmir,District Forest Officer, Ganderbal, Kashmir,Deputy Commissioner, Ganderbal and General Manager, Power Grid Corporation of India, A/P Ganderbal.
The petitioner states that respondents have “unprecedentedly violated the right of pollution free environment of entire human beings and in particular citizens of J& K by cutting down unprecedented number of trees (in thousands) and still counting in the Sindh Forests for laying 220KV Srinagar-Leh Power Transmission line.”
The petitioner states that the said transmission line could have been aligned on the sides of Nallah Sindh in such a way as to save forests and restore its charm and beauty.
“It appears to be a sorry state of affairs that respondents without assessing the impact of the said action on environment have bombarded the trees in the said forests, the said action of the respondents has a far reaching consequence and will jeopardise the entire ecology in the said forest area,” the litigation states.
He pleaded that authorities be directed to immediately stop cutting down of trees for the transmission line and be directed to alter the pathway of the line without affecting the forest cover.