Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Wednesday directed state government to protect Mughal gardens and other green spaces in the state by addressing the deficiencies expeditiously.
The court also directed authorities to prevent any defacement at the gardens, and create awareness about through public hoardings against defacing public property.
“We direct respondents to issue publicity at large regarding defacement of public property and authorities shall ensure that public hoardings are installed and strict action be taken for defacing structures at Mughal gardens or at any other place,” the division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Alok Aradhe said while hearing a PIL on parks and gardens.
The court said that plantation in these gardens be carried out regularly to help diversity of species flourish and attract more and more visitors.
The court passed the direction after amicus curie, counsel Faisal Qadri submitted his report before court pointing out deficiencies related to maintenance of parks and gardens in the state.
Out of 11 gardens, Qadri had physically inspected 4 gardens, the court directed the counsel to visit the rest of the gardens and submit his report before court on next date of hearing.
The state counsel informed the court that they have started a Maali Training School where gardeners will be given information regarding hybrid plants and other plant species.
The court said that any planning with respect to creation of plant diversity be examined by the authorities.
The court recorded that all over the world, parks and gardens act as catalyst between nature and man and help people in soothing out their stress “but unfortunately in our part of world we are still lagging behind”.