HC closes PIL on Doodganga stream

Asks govt to prevent its pollution
 J&K High Court, Srinagar
J&K High Court, SrinagarMubashir Khan/GK File

Srinagar: The High Court of J&K and Ladakh has asked the government to prevent pollution and environmental degradation of Doodganga Stream and a Filtration Plant over it.

A division bench of Justice Sanjeev Kumar and Justice M A Chowdhary said this while closing a Public Interest Litigation(PIL) which the Court had initiated in 2019 after taking cognisance of a news report in Greater Kashmir.

The report had highlighted the deteriorating condition of Doodganga Stream and the Filtration Plant over it. It had also disclosed that heaps of garbage were lying around Doodhganga Filtration Plant built in the year 1972 which supplies water to more than two lakh people in different areas of Srinagar.

After treating the report as PIL, the Court issued notice to J&K Pollution Control Board, Department of Public Health Engineering and Srinagar Municipal Corporation for response. Subsequently, several directions were passed on the PIL to ensure that the pollution in and around the Doodganga Stream and Doodganga Filtration Plant is eradicated.

During the course of the hearing, the court was informed by the amicus curiae appointed by it that the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has also taken cognizance of the matter and issued several directions from time to time.

“From perusal of order dated 8th March 2022 passed by NGT, Delhi, it is abundantly clear that the issue is pending consideration of the NGT Delhi and very effective directions have been passed to tackle the issue of pollution of Doodganga Stream and Doodganga Filtration Plant,” the bench said.

 “In view of the above, we are satisfied that with the intervention of NGT, Delhi, the needful shall be done by the Union Territory of J&K to prevent the pollution and environmental degradation of Doodganga Stream and Doodganga Filtration Plant.”

Pointing out that the NGT is still seized of the matter and is monitoring the implementation of the directions issued from time to time, the bench said: “In view of the aforesaid, we see no reason to keep this PIL pending in this Court, the proceedings in this Public Interest Litigation are thus closed.”

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