Srinagar: The J&K High court on Tuesday directed state authorities to remove lavatories and toilets constructed on banks of River Jehlum.
The direction came after a report by Pollution Control Board (PCB) about lavatories and toilets on the banks of River Jhelum revealed “sorry state of affairs”, which the court said, cannot be permitted to function as the extracts flow directly into the water body leading to water-borne diseases.
The division bench of Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sanjeev Kumar directed the state government to ensure that the toilets and lavatories pointed out by the PCB are dismantled and not permitted to operate in any manner.
The court also directed the government to make a fresh action plan for making toilets at distance from the water bodies as provided in the Swach Bharat Abhiyaan within a period of eight weeks.
In this regard Secretary Home and Urban Development Department (H&UDD) has been held responsible to check out the reports from the local municipal councils and submit a comprehensive report before the court on next date of hearing.