PIL on Gulmarg: HC seeks presence of CEO GDA on March 1

PIL on Gulmarg: HC seeks presence of CEO GDA on March 1

The Jammu and Kashmir High court has sought presence of Chief Executive Officer Gulmarg Development Authority to assist the court in connection with a Public Interest Litigation seeking conservation of eco-fragile world famous Ski resort, Gulmarg.  

A division bench comprising Justice Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar and Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey while hearing the PIL against degradation of environs of Gulmarg directed the CEO GDA to remain present on next date of heraing for assisting the court.   

Meanwhile the court ordered listing of the case along with miscellaneous petitions on March 1 asking the government to file objections till then.    

On December 20, 2016, in response to a submission that because of the delay in framing of Master Plan for Gulmarg people face difficulties, the Advocate General had told the court that the Draft Master Plan would be placed before the cabinet for its approval. 

The bench had hoped that in the interest of the state and the government itself the decision on framing the master plan would be taken at the earliest.  

The court, however, had made it clear that only those constructional activities being raised without grant of permission by the competent authority were to be stopped. 

The court had also directed the CEO, GDA to immediately refer the applications, if made for renovations or constructions, to the judges’ Committee constituted by the court, which, it said, shall visit the spot and make recommendations in keeping with the orders dated June 10, and December 15, 2015.

The court had held that the competent Statutory Authority has to consider the matter in terms of the Statute and merit and pass orders either for grant of permission for renovation and reconstruction or decline the same.