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PIL seeking direction to prevent environmental degradation
DB grants four weeks' time to file objection
9/19/2018 9:58:34 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, Sept 19: In a Public Interest Litigation filed by Ghulam Rasool Magrey seeking directions to the respondents to prevent environmental degradation and deforestation during construction of eleven hydro electric power projects, a Division Bench of State High Court Comprising Justice Alok Aradhe and Justice Sanjay Kumar Gupta after hearing Adv Pranav Kohli for the PIL granted four weeks' time to State to file objections in the PIL.
In the PIL, petitioner sought direction to the respondents to protect environment, forest, wild flora and fauna which is under serious and imminent threat due to un-mindful construction of 11 (eleven) hydro electric power plants without complying to the provisions of the Environment (Protection) Act.
He further submitted that being a responsible citizen, it is the fundamental duty of the petitioner to project the cause of the general public of District Kishtwar, who are endandered by the Construction of the Hydro Electric Power Projects at such great number (Eleven) in a high seismic zone in the valley of Kishtwar. Construction of (Eleven) hydro electric power projects will put the entire valley at risk.
Kishtwar valley being in the High Seismic Zone-IV, is expected to experience earthquakes of intensity of more than 8 on Richter Scale. With the commissioning of the hydro electric power plants, the entire valley will be at greater risk of getting submerged in the water, which will cause great causality not limiting to property but human as well.
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