HC notice to govt on encroachment, pollution at Jhelum source

HC notice to govt on encroachment, pollution at Jhelum source

Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Monday sought response from the state government and govermrnt of India on encroachment and dumping of wastes at the source of Jhelum River (Verinag).
The Court took a suo-motu cognizance of a letter
dated 12 June, sent by Greater Verinag Civil Society (NGO) alleging that the source of River Jhelum was being encroached and polluted with wastes being dumped.
“The inadequacy of drainage system and allied mechanism is going to harm the source of the water body,” the application moved by Mohammad Shafi Pandit said, raising alarm over the environmental degradation and seeking court intervention.
Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rashid Ali Dar
issued notices to Union of India through Director General, Archaeological Survey of India,
Ministry of Culture, Government of India, State of J&K through Director, Archives, Archaeological & Museums, J&K Government, Srinagar.
The court also impleaded state of J&K through Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Srinagar, through Secretary to Government, Tourism Department, Srinagar, Chief Executive Officer, Verinag Development
Authority, District Anantnag as respondents.
The court directed that a copy of the communication received from Pandit be made available to counsels of both governments who may file the status report within four weeks.