SRINAGAR, May 31: Recording casual approach of Government in safeguarding and protecting the famous Dal lake, High Court today sought information from Government with regard to implementation of directions passed for last 16 years.
The Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Alok Aradhe and Justice M K Hanjura while fixing the responsibility on the concerned authorities sought stage of implementation of these directions and the time frame within which these voluminous directions be carried out by the authorities.
Observing that instead of holding the meetings inside the offices a change can be seen on the ground, Court said, the direction is being issued to fix the responsibility of the concerned individual/ authority so as to ensure this Court to pass effective orders in the matter. Court has also sought future course of action from the authorities in the matter.
Advocate General during the proceedings of the case submitted that the concerned Minister duly accompanied by the experts shall visit the Dal lake during the course of the week and Cabinet shall take a decision the matter preferably within a period of three weeks from today.
Court recorded in the order that the case is pending before this Court since 2002 and 16 years have passed but the progress made for de-weeding of the lake as well as removal of encroachments and to prevent pollution has been far from satisfactory.
Court added that despite constitution of the State Level Monitoring Committee of which amicus-Shah is also a member and the committee is required to submit the recommendations per month.
Court said, unfortunately no progress has been made and this kind of approach on part of authorities show lack of will power on their part to take effective measures to clean the Dal Lake.
“Though the draft of the proposed legislation is with the State Government for the past about one year, yet no action has been taken to finalize it. Taking into account the fact that this writ petition is pending before this court for past 16 years in which effective measures are yet to be taken to clean the water body namely the Dal lake”, DB recorded in the order.