State Govt asked to inform about the steps taken to curb illegal construction

Srinagar, February 02: The High Court of Jammu and Kashmir has issued a notice to State Government to notify regarding the steps initiated to deal with unauthorised buildings and structures in Srinagar and other parts since the anti-sealing law has been expired.

According to the reports in a local daily, the anti-sealing law that falls under Civic Laws (Special Provisions) Bill-2014 was passed in March 2014 and it got expired on December 31, 2015.

Pertinently, the J&K Government in February 2014 had come up with ‘Civic Laws (Special Provisions) Bill-2014’ that put a moratorium of one year on the sealing and demolition of buildings and others structures which had come up in violations of the Srinagar Master Plan. The Bill was passed in both the Houses of the legislature during the 2014 Budget session. It expired on December 31, 2015.

The Division Bench of the High Court made the observation while hearing a public interest litigation filed by Mujeeb Andrabi. The PIL was filed to seek “strong note” of the constructions made without the permission of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation and in violation of the Master Plan in Srinagar city.

The petitioner had also sought directions for demolishing such structures in the interest of the public.

The Division Bench headed by Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar asked the government lawyer what steps have been taken to deal with the unauthorised buildings and structures in Srinagar, Jammu and Katra.

The matter has been posted for further proceedings on February 8, when the government is expected to come up with its status report.

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