Srinagar: The J&K High Court Tuesday threatened to initiate contempt proceedings against officials if they fail to file a report about the status of dismantling toilets on River Jehlum within a day.
The direction was passed after court noted that no status report has been filed by the concerned departments since November 27.
After a report filed by the Pollution Control Board (PCB), the court had directed authorities to dismantle lavatories operating on the banks of Jehlum.
The Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Department (H&UDD) was directed to check out the reports from local municipal councils and make a comprehensive report and submit it before the court.
The PCB had revealed ‘sorry state of affairs’ regarding the issue, mentioning presence of toilets on the banks of River Jhelum, which the court said cannot be allowed as the extracts flow directly into water bodies leading to diseases.
The division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sanjeev Kumar had directed the state government to ensure the toilets pointed out by PCB are dismantled.
It also asked the state government to make a fresh action plan for building toilets at a distance from water bodies as provided in the Swach Bharat Abhiyaan, within eight weeks.
The information provided in the report are the result of suggestions submitted by petitioner counsel, which include that a team of officers from departments of PHE, Health, Pollution Control Board, Fisheries and concerned district administration be formulated to indicate the number and location of all the latrines present on banks of all rivers, streams and tributaries which are source of drinking water.