JAMMU, Sept 20: In a Public Interest Litigation regarding development of parks and gardens in the cities of Jammu and Srinagar, Division Bench of High Court comprising Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice Sindhu Sharma has directed both the Divisional Commissioners to revisit the matter and after having a proper meeting with all the stakeholders submit their independent reports within a period of two months from today.
When the PIL came-up for hearing, DB observed, “the court in its order issued in July 2021 has clearly recorded the number of parks and gardens maintained by the different authorities and had required the Divisional Commissioners of Jammu and Kashmir to hold quarterly meeting of all the authorities responsible for developing and maintaining of various parks including heritage gardens so as to coordinate their working”.
“In addition to it, certain directions were also issued, such as banning of use of plastic and construction in the park. The Divisional Commissioners were required to submit periodical reports with regard to the progress of the same”, the DB said, adding “status report has been filed by Divisional Commissioner, Jammu only and not by Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir. There is no report regarding the status of the various parks of Srinagar”.
“The report of the Divisional Commissioner, Jammu reflects that it is not a coordinated work undertaken by the Commissioner rather certain parks have been left to the mercy of the Jammu Municipal Corporation”, the DB said.