HC seeks status of funds allotted to JKPCC

The High Court on Tuesday directed the Government to inform it about the status of funds the Finance Department has allotted to Jammu and Kashmir Project Construction Corporation (JKPCC) to build bridges in Kashmir.   

While hearing a Public Interest Litigation, a division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Rashid Ali Dar sought to know about the status of funds by 24 August, the next date of hearing. 

The direction came after Senior Additional Advocate General, Javed Iqbal, sought time to inform the court about the status of funds the JKPCC has received from the Finance Department.

In March this year, the state counsel representing JKPCC had told the court that despite requests that there was imperative need of funds, the same had not been released by the Finance Department.

The court was informed that the procrastination in releasing the funds had caused an unwarranted delay of the completion of the projects.

The court asked the JKPCC to ensure that copy of the affidavit is furnished to the senior AAG during the course of the day.

Meanwhile, the court sought status report regarding construction of fly-overs in keeping with the direction it has issued on last date of hearing. 

The court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation filed by SamajSudhar committee of TangchatriKangan in 2011 through advocate Arshad Andrabi, seeking construction of bridges over Sindh Nallah at TangchatriAkhalKangan. 

The non release of funds by the Finance Department to JKPCC for construction of these bridges has caused a delay in completing these projects.