HC directs LAWDA to remove encroachments

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, Dec 19: The High Court today directed the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) as well as Government to remove all the deficiencies immediately as indicated by the assisting counsel to Amicus Curie in her latest report.
The report has been filed by Farah Bashir, Assisting counsel to Amicus Curie, who in her visiting report submits that some house boats among them one belonging to Tourism Department have come close to parapet of the lake and as per the Court direction they have to maintain a particular distance from the shore of the lake and the LAWDA has not taken any action in this connection.
It is further said in the report that ahead of foreshore road there have been laid big drainage pipes on the road and the outflow to the same has been dug out in the lake openly.
About the backside of the dockyard of LAWDA it has become a site dumped with old boats and machinery right into the lake itself which one fails to understand why it has not been properly maintained by LAWDA.
Apart from that Court has been informed that STPs located at Nishat, Shalimar are not functional since and the waste material coming down from the localities and households is persistently getting dumped into the lake without any check.
Advocate Farah has sought that LAWDA and the Government should be asked to answer these points and the Division Bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sanjeev Kumar directed that these deficiencies be removed and report be submitted to the court on next date.