The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Gulmarg Development Authority (GDA) to remove all encroachments in world famous Ski resort and take possession of the property by October 17.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation against encroachments in Gulmarg, a division bench of Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey ordered CEO, GDA to do away with the encroachments and take possession of the property by the next date of hearing, October 17.
Seeking action taken report by the next hearing, the court also directed the CEO, GDA to ensure its orders are implemented and no illegal construction is allowed to be raised within his jurisdiction.
The CEO, who was present in person, was directed to take action in accordance with law in terms of its orders and take action in light of the two reports filed by the court commissioners.
The court also ordered SDM, and SDPO Gulmarg to render all assistance to the CEO, GDA for enforcing the law and implementing the court orders.
In an apparent reference to government's remiss over removal of encroachments in Gulmarg and other places, the bench said: "We are losing everything like Dal, Jhelum, Phalgam and other tourist places. Big persons are in illegal possession of state land. If there would be a poor man in their place, you would throw him out within seconds".
"To enforce law of the land is duty of Government," the court observed.
Assistant Solicitor General of India (ASGI) on behalf of Army stationed in and around Gulmarg submitted that the court commissioners have made recommendations for repairs of internal roads and damaged water pipes for supply of drinking water.
"The competent authority will pass orders in accordance with law and in light of recommendations of the court commissioners" the bench ordered.