Omar govt to tell court about action against civic officers

Case pertains to 2,500 violations of Kashmir Master Plan

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday asked the state government to file a report on its policy decision regarding violations in Srinagar Master Plan.

The Court also asked the government to file a separate report on its proposed action against officers of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) who have allegedly facilitated the violations.

The advocate general of Jammu and Kashmir government Mohammad Ishaq Qadri sought two months time but the Court gave a week’s period. The Court also refused to accept the government prayer that owners of 42 shopping malls which have been sealed by the SMC so far be allowed to operate their business till the government comes with its proposed policy decision.

The court said that it will decide about de-sealing of structures only after the government comes with its preliminary report by or before November 8.

The government also informed the court that it proposes to take a strong action against the officers who facilitated the violations in Srinagar Master Plan by issuing terminations orders, premature retirement orders or framing inquiry committee to look into the matter.

A report prepared in 2009 had revealed that there are 2,500 structures in Srinagar which have come up in violation of master plan guidelines.

The Srinagar Master Plan is applicable to a total of 417 square kilometres and out
of this 160 square kilometres are looked after by Srinagar Development Authority (SDA).

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