Give reasons for non-implementation of court order on Lake: J

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Srinagar, Sep 20 (UNI) Taking a serious note of the non-implementation of a court order on preservation of world famous Dal Lake, Jammu and Kashmir High court has directed the authorities concerned to submit the reasons.

The Division Bench, comprising Justices Nissar Ahmad Kakroo and Justice Hakeem Imtiyaz Hussain also directed the officials of various departments to file a detailed report about the measures taken for preservation of the Dal Lake in response to the court orders from time to time.

The court took a serious note of the non-implementation of a court order dated December 15, 2007 and directed the authorities concerned to submit the reasons for its non-execution.

The court has directed the vice chairperson Lakes and Waterways Development Authority, inspector general of police (Traffic), municipal commissioner, regional director State Pollution Control Board, and secretary Housing and Urban Development Department to file affidavits regarding implementation of the court orders in letter and spirit for preservation of the lake.

The court has directed the officials to remain present in person on next hearing while filing the reports.

About the construction of a hotel reportedly on the banks of the water body, the court directed the director Tourism to come up with the detailed report about the legality of the construction, on next date of hearing.

Senior lawyer Zaffar Ahmad Shah pleaded before the court to direct the government to effectively deal with the preservation of the lake.

He said government has failed to live up to the expectations of the court regarding preservation of Dal.

Mr Zafar pleaded that all the officials involved in the preservation of the water body should be made accountable to the court rather than the chief secretary of the state as per the previous court order.

This, he said, would ensure effective implementation of the court orders from time to time.

The court while taking serious note of the ''non-seriousness'' on part of the government to conserve the lake, directed the officials to submit the affidavits on next hearing on September 24.

UNI BAS GT HT1305

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