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JAMMU: A Division Bench (DB) of J&K High Court comprising Justice Alok Aradhe and Justice B.S Walia on Saturday directed State to file status report with regard to four wetlands, namely, Pargwal, Sangral, Kukriya and Nanga.
The court direction came in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Rattan Singh and others, seeking demolition or removal of the encroachments on the water bodies, wetland reserves and other reserves, and to restore the same in their original form.
The DB after hearing Senior Advocate M.K Bhardwaj with Advocate Gagan Kohli for the PIL, observed that status report filed by R.S Jamwal, Deputy Advocate General (Dy AG) with regard to installation of flood control casting management system is taken on record and directed the Dy. AG to apprise this Court with regard to further steps taken by the respondents for installation of aforesaid system.
Earlier, High Court has directed respondents to initiate an action for removal of encroachments from the areas of Gharana Wetland as well as other water bodies situated in Hiranagar Tehsil, Akhnoor Tehsil and Reasi District, within a period of six weeks and also directed Commissioner/ Secretary, Rural Development Department and Director, Rural Development Department to accord sanction to the proposal prepared by the Block Development Officer, Suchetgarh with regard to construction of drains and soaking pits, and release the funds within a period of six weeks from today. The respondents shall also take action for establishment of the Police Post at Gharana Wetland and the same shall be set up within a period of two months from today. Division Bench further said that needless to state that the Wildlife Warden shall identify the spot and the Revenue Department will deliver the possession of the land to the police department for setting up of the police post. The fencing around the Gharana Wetland shall be done by the Wildlife Department which has already been demarcated by the revenue department, as expeditiously as possible.
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