Srinagar: The J&K High Court has directed Deputy Commissioner Kulgam to visit Qaimoh area of the district to verify if a police station is being constructed on an irrigation canal.
The court directed the officer to ensure that no such construction be carried out and ordered to remove the structure, if any constructed, immediately. The court asked the officer to file a report within four weeks.
The direction was passed after senior advocate G A lone told the court that Deputy Commissioner Kulgam has been asked to visit the spot where a police station was allegedly constructed on an irrigation canal in Qaimoh Kulgam, “but the officer has not responded to the directions for removing the constructions there”.
Hearing the counsel, the division bench of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey and Justice Rashid Ali Dar ordered DC Kulgam to verify the facts and file his report before court.
Justice Magrey remarked that the court won’t allow any constructions on water bodies and if such a construction has taken place, it must be removed immediately.
The court observed that encroachment to water bodies was not acceptable.
The court, however, noted that its directions were falling on deaf ears as concerned authorities were “acting lazy” on the issues.
Meanwhile Additional Advocate General (AAG) B A Dar was also directed to file a report about the laying of pipes in violation of the court orders at Mallabagh, Srinagar. The court directed the counsel to file a report on next date of hearing on December 3.