|Early Times Report|
Srinagar, Feb 17: The state High Court has directed Chief Executive Officer of Gulmarg Development Authority to "assist" in connection with a Public Interest Litigation, seeking directions to save Gulmarg, the world famous tourist resort from encroachments and other hazards."Concerned senior officer of Gulmarg Development Authority (GDA) shall remain present on that date to assist the court," said a division bench of the court comprising Justice R. Sudhakar and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey.
While posting the PIL for next hearing on March 1, the court directed officials to file reply or objections to the applications filed by people about various issues about the subject matter of the PIL. On last date of hearing, advocate general Jahangir Iqbal Ganie had stated that Draft Master Plan for Gulmarg will be placed before the cabinet for its approval. "We hope and trust that in the interest of state and the government itself, the decision in this regard will be taken at the earliest," the division bench had said and directed concerned to file the compliance report. The court had also clarified that only those constructional activities are to be stopped which are being raised without grant of permission by the competent authority and all constructional material, which is being transported illegally, has to be seized by the concerned authorities.
"The directions were issued in peculiar background.... The status report by the SSP Baramulla was taken note of in the court order, in which it was alleged that illegal constructions were going on in Gulmarg. Thereafter, the CEO, Gulmarg and AEE GDA, were asked to file their response to the report of SSP Baramulla. In view of the report filed by the CEO, Gulmarg, it transpired that without grant of permission by the competent statutory authority for effecting renovations, permissions were granted by the authority for transportation of the constructional material to Gulmarg," the court had said, adding that it was in this background that it directed all constructional activities shall be stopped forthwith, and no constructional material shall be transported to the Gulmarg.