Srinagar: The High Court of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh gave green signal to the authorities of Power Development Department for establishing a Gas Insulated Substation (GIS) in the vicinity of Dachigam National park falling in Haripora area of Harwan.
The court of Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice Mohan Lal closed down the Public Interest Litigation related to the contentions raised that the establishment/construction of 220/33 KV Gas Insulated Sub-Station (GIS) at Haripora in Harwan will lead to ecological catastrophe in the ecozone area.
It was alleged that it would be very close to Dachigam National Park and would adversely affect its environment and that its establishment is by encroaching upon the state land.
The court while taking note of the response filed by the authorities recorded that the Dachigam National Park is very far and would not be affected in any manner by establishment of the above Gas Insulated Substation.
It was submitted by the authorities that the above Gas station is being established on state land which has been transferred to the J&K Power Development Corporation and there is no encroachment on any land.
After perusing the report filed by the Government, the court recorded that the establishment of the above Gas Insulated Substation is in larger public interest and its construction/ operation is not to be hampered or obstructed on mere allegation that it is likely to affect the environment of the wild life.
The court observed there is no specific allegation as to how it would adversely affect the environment and would have an impact upon the wildlife.
“In view of the aforesaid facts and circumstances, we find no substance in this petition and the same is directed to be closed,” court said and directed.