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NGT seeks factual report from PCCF
Expansion of High Court
11/15/2019 9:58:24 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Nov 15: In an application filed by two students namely Aavin Kumar Chadgal and Satyam Arora in National Green Tribunal seeking direction to respondents to not initiate the work at the allotted forest land measuring 813 kanals situated at Bahu and Raika Tehsil and District, Jammu for expansion of High Court till the final disposal of the case by this Tribunal.
A Five Judges Bench of National Green Tribunal headed by its Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel observed that Grievance in this application is against expansion of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court premises by using the forest land without following the due process of law.
NGT further observed that before considering the matter, it is necessary to require a factual and action taken report to be furnished in the matter by the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (HoFF), Jammu & Kashmir within one month by email at judicial-ngt@gov.in.
In the application it has been submitted that the Registrar General J&K High Court vide communication NO. 18309/INFRT Dated: 10-10-2019 urged Commissioner/Secretary for allotment of land for expansion of judicial infrastructure at Jammu. It has been further submitted that to rely on the order communicated by respondent no 3, the respondent no 4 vide its communication no LD(STS)20l8/219/19/HC/263 Dated 11-10-2019 approached the Chief Conservator of Forest, Department of Forest, Ecology and Wild Life Jammu for allotting forest land measuring 813 kanals and 13 marlas at village Bahu and Raika, Jammu.
It is submitted that Bahu Conservation Reserve provides a green cover to Jammu region which will get blown up by this deforestation and the Jammu region will turn into a gas chamber just like Delhi. Whereas, the latest AQI of Jammu is 139 which is categorized under Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups, which will further raise and the loss will , theft turn irreparable and Bahu Game/Conservation Reserve is also a part of Shivalik Biodiversity repository over 1000 wildlife species. —JNF
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