HC takes suo-moto cognizance of reports about plight of 2014 flood victims

HC takes suo-moto cognizance of reports about plight of 2014 flood victims
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SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court Wednesday treated several news reports published on Sep 7 about the plight of 2014 flood victims as a public interest litigation (PIL) and issued notices to Commissioner Secretary and Chief Engineer, Irrigation & Flood Control to respond to the issue by Oct 17.
The reports had highlighted that despite four years of the deluge, the victims of deadly floods of 2014 have not received relief.
The Division Bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur in a suo moto cognizance sought report from the authorities regarding the measures taken and proposed to be taken for providing relief to victims of 2014 floods.
The court also sought report regarding measures taken to prevent such kind of deluge in the city.
Its first hearing after taking cognizance, the court made Commissioner Secretary I&FC and Chief Engineer I&FC as parties, and issued notice to them to respond by or before Oct 17.
“If these reports are true then state take the steps of making policy and make the same public,” the court said.
According to one of the reports various areas where scores of flood victims are yet to receive compensation are Shivpora, Sonwar, Dalgate, Basant Bagh, Humhama, Narkara, Awantipora and Kakapora.
The 2014 floods hit most parts of Srinagar city after embankments of the river Jhelum breached at multiple places.
A study titled ‘A satellite-based rapid assessment on floods in Jammu & Kashmir–September, 2014’, conducted jointly by the department of Environment & Remote Sensing and the ISRO, concluded that the 2014 floods inundated 557 sq-km of Kashmir and affected at least 22 lakh people.