HC seeks info on Dal dwellers rehabilitation plan

HC seeks info on Dal dwellers rehabilitation plan
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‘Cannot be initiated without proper facilities’

Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Tuesday directed the the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) to file a report indicating manner and method by which rehabilitation process of Dal dwellers can be done.
It asked the authorities to inform the court “where, how and when” rehabilitation of Dal dwellers takes place.
The court observed that unless and until proper facilities are not in place, the rehabilitation process cannot be initiated.
It noted that establishment of schools, proper medical facilities, better roads and all other allied facilities should be part of the rehabilitation.
It directed the department to identify displaced dwellers and thereafter find proper place for their rehabilitation with all the required facilities.
The court directed LAWDA to prepare a complete roadmap on rehabilitation process which shall then be examined by a Committee of Experts.
Hearing a PIL on protection and conservation of Dal Lake, the Division Bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Tashi Rabstan also granted houseboat owners one week to furnish valid documents before competent authorities.
The court passed the direction after advocate Sheikh Mushtaq representing houseboat owners said that most houseboat owners had valid licences and acknowledged that action may be taken against those running illegally.
With regard to functioning of hoteliers around Dal Lake, the court directed State Pollution Control Board to act strictly against the establishments lacking sewage treatment plants and discharging untreated sewerage into any water body.
The court called for action taken report within three weeks.