SRINAGAR: To make the cities of Srinagar and Jammu environmentally vibrant, the J&K High Court on Friday directed that the matter regarding the creation of green spaces and parks across the state be put before the Chief Secretary for compliance.
The court passed the direction after observing that there is dismal improvement in the creation of green spaces and parks in J&K despite directions passed by the court on December 28 last year.
Hearing a PIL on suo motu cognizance taken of a letter addressed by former Chief Justice Bilal Nazki with regard to encroachments and maintenance of parks in Srinagar city, the division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur remarked that the directions passed already did not yield fruitful results and that as such the matter is to be placed before the Chief Secretary for compliance.
Meanwhile, a status report has been filed by Director Floriculture, the court observed after perusal of the said report. “Nothing worth and fruitful is coming on the record about improvement of green spaces despite draft action plan for augmentation of green spaces in Srinagar city stands formulated by the Chief Town Planner (CTP).”
Status report of Director Floriculture also indicates setting up of 11 parks. Funds of Rs. 64.17 lakhs have been released in favour of the Executive Engineer Floriculture for the further creation of green spaces and parks.
The court directed the amicus curiae in the matter to visit all these 11 parks within one week and submit a report with photos about the status of these parks. Court also directed the Registry to furnish a copy of the letter of the former Chief Justice, copy order dated 28.12.17, and the instant order to the Chief Secretary for compliance.