KCSDS to seek legal recourse on SC judgment

‘Permanent Constructions Would Vandalize Ecologically Fragile Area’



Srinagar, Jan 11: Valley-based civil society group, the Kashmir Center for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS), has decided to take legal recourse on the recent Supreme Court judgement over construction of tracks and other infrastructure in the environmentally fragile Amarnath cave route area.
 At the end of a day long conference on the issue, the group today resolved to engage and consult environmental lawyers in order to seek legal recourse on the Apex Court judgment.
 The KSCDS has urged upon all the stakeholders, institutions, environment groups and concerned people in India and across globe to step in and raise their voice in defense of ecology, environment and biodiversity of the fragile Himalayan region of Shri Amarnathji area in Kashmir “that is likely to get vandalized by construction of roads and other infrastructure.”
 In a daylong Roundtable Conference presided over by Chairperson KCSDS Prof Hameedah Nayeem, the participants resolved to mobilize all concerned people across India and outside against any permanent constructions in the area which could result in “vandalizing of this priceless pristine treasure on earth.”
 According to a press statement issued here by KCSDS, the conference resolved to call a session of social and environmental activists besides the representatives of all political parties to deliberate on all aspects of Shri Amarnath Yatra and protection of fragile environment. In this regard KCSDS will be organizing a seminar in March-April this year and invite concerned activists and politicians from different parts of the country and J&K.
 The participants strongly condemned the attempts aimed at communalizing this issue by vested interests by spreading misinformation and said that civil society campaign is purely for environmental protection, the statement added.
 The issue was thread bare deliberated upon by civil society members that included prominent academicians, medicos, business leaders, lawyers, journalists, social activists and others.
 The members further observed that the issues like unregulated rush of pilgrims, long duration of pilgrimage and the limited carrying capacity of the highly fragile region under question have to be taken into consideration. 
 The members reminded the state and union government and SASB of their constitutional obligation to protect the environment and desist from any attempt that goes in violation of Article 21 of Indian constitution read with the Environmental (protection) Act of 1986 and the J&K Wild life (protection) Act of 1978”, the statement read
 A cross section of civil society members participated in the deliberations of the conference. They include Ghulam Nabi Shaheen, Prof Sheikh Showkat, Dr Javaid Iqbal, Prof Noor Ahmad Baba, Muhammad Anwar Ashai, Zareef Ahmad Zareef, Abdul Majid Zargar, Shakeel Qalander, ZG Muhammad, Syed Nazim-ud-Din, Faiz Bakshi, Sadiq Baqal, Shahid Rasool, Ajaz ul Haq, Parveena Ahangar, Ateeqa Banu, Muhammad Shafi Khan, Advocate Bashir Ahmad Bashir, Hawa Bashir, Qurat ul Ain, Arshi Javaid Azar, Deeba Iqbal, Andleeb, Syed Fazal Illahi, Advocate Ashraf Wani, Abdul Majid Bhat, Nadeem Qadiri and Advocate Altaf Meraj .

Lastupdate on : Fri, 11 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 11 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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