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PIL ON PUBLIC PARKS IN SRINAGAR: HC seeks action plan to prevent use of plastic bags.

The High Court on Tuesday directed the government to apprise it about the “action plan” as well as “action taken” with regard to prohibition for use of plastic bags.

A division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sanjeev Kumar issued the direction after perusing a report by Advocate S F Qadiri, which he filed as amicus curie in a Public Interest Litigation seeking more Green space for Srinagar City.

Observing that the report indicates to the littering in the public parks, which the court said, again underlines the necessity of framing Bye-laws under the Environment Protection Act and the Rules of 2016 for imposing fines for littering of the public spaces.

The Court said there is urgent requirement to strictly enforce the prohibition regarding the plastics in the State and to prevent its very entry.

“We are informed that the State does not have any manufacturing plant for plastic bags within the State. The plastic bags are brought into the State only on account of interstate transportation and in the interest of the environmental concern of the sensitive ecology of the State of J&K,” the bench said.

While the court directed the authorities to examine the position and take strict measures to ensure that there is no violation of the prohibition for use of plastic bags in the State, it asked them to continue to make every effort to improve the available public parks and gardens.

Advocate Qadiri on a physical inspection has found only six gardens in existence against 11 parks as claimed by the government in its status report. The Court however appreciated the efforts put in by the amicus in undertaking the inspection.

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