HC okays high-altitude livestock disease lab in Gulmarg

HC okays high-altitude livestock disease lab in Gulmarg
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SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court has granted permission to Sheep and Animal Husbandry Department for constructing a High-Altitude Disease Investigation Laboratory at Gulmarg.
The court has granted permission by directing the department to carry out construction in accordance with the permission granted by the concerned authorities and has made it clear to the authorities that there should be no violation of law.
The proposed laboratory is going to be constructed at the site where the Block Office Building was formerly located.
The order has been passed in response to a fresh application moved by the Sheep and Animal Husbandry Department, wherein it has been stated that there is urgent need for establishment of a laboratory for the early prevention of deadly diseases in livestock.
The court said, “A perusal of the application would show that there is an absolute necessity of having laboratory at the stated site, which is not only in the interest of livestock but also for human beings. The random testing of the animals against many indigenous and foreign infectious diseases at the proposed laboratory can help the Sheep and Animal Husbandry Department to adopt early prevention measures for controlling spread of deadly diseases including those having zoonotic potential. For all these reasons, it is established that the said laboratory is in the interest of public,” the court recorded.
“In view of the preceding analysis, we are inclined to allow the application and accordingly grant permission to Sheep and Animal Husbandry Department for construction of the High Altitude Disease Investigation Laboratory at the site where Block Office Building was originally located,” the court ordered.
Meanwhile, the state government has stated before court that Phase I of the Revised Master plan for Gulmarg – 2032 has been completed while Phase II of the Master Plan will be completed by the end of June 2019.