HC notice to Govt on Jhelum encroachments

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, July 8: High Court today while taking suo moto cognizance with regard to encroachments at source of river Jhelum as also dumping of wastes and inadequacy of drainage system sought response from the Government.
The Division Bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rashid Ali Dar expressed the issue as of grave in nature and in the first instance issued notice to the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Secretary Tourism Department and Chief Executive Officer, Verinag Development Authority for their response to the matter.
Respective counsels for these authorities have accepted the notices issues to these officials and sought time to respond to the suo moto cognizance. Court directed for providing the cognizance copy to both the Counsels so as to enable them to file the status report in the matter.
In another suo moto cognizance with regard to protection and conservation of archaeological sites located at Harwan outskirts of Srinagar, the same bench sought status report from Central as well as State Governments.
Court arrayed the Director General, Archaeological Survey of India, Ministry of Culture, Government of India and Director, Archives, Archaeological & Museums, J&K Government and directed them to report the court about the site.
In this PIL, the State as well as Union Counsels accepted the notice and requested the court for some time for filing of status report on the issue. Court directed the Registry to make available the copy of cognizance to both the Counsels for filing of the status report within four weeks from today.