Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Tuesday directed state authorities to strictly ensure that no polythene entered the state, and file a report within six weeks.
Hearing a PIL on maintenance of parks and gardens, the division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sanjeev Kumar remarked that plastic should be stopped in view of the ecological sensitivity of the state.
The DB also directed authorities to ensure maintenance of parks and gardens.
The court observed that public spaces should be maintained at any cost, so that children can take part in recreational activities, and because parks and gardens prove beneficial in many aspects for the wellbeing of nature as well as to the people.
The Additional Advocate General (AAG) told the court that 80 percent of parks and gardens are “well maintained” and steps are being taken to take care of the other parks as well.
However, Amicus Curaie, Syed Faisal Qadri informed the court that of eleven gardens identified by the state only nine were found to be gardens. He further submitted that he has carried inspection of six gardens while the inspection for other three gardens couldn’t be carried out because of the difficulty to locate them.
The court directed Director Floriculture to assign an officer to assist the counsel to take inspection of the other gardens.
On previous hearing the court had directed authorities to curb defacing of structures at Mughal gardens and damage to property though publicity campaigns and penal actions.