HC directs personal appearance of DC Gbl over poplars

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HC directs personal appearance of DC Gbl over poplars 
Asif Iqbal
Srinagar, June 7: The Jammu and Kashmir high court has directed personal appearance of deputy commissioner Gandebral on June 28 for not filing compliance report regarding felling down of Russain poplar trees.
Hearing a writ petition, a single bench of the court comprising Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir also cought fresh compliance report by all the deputy commissioners by next date of hearing.
Except DC Ganderbal, all others DCs filed compliance report. After perusal of the compliance report by deputy commissioner Baramulla, the court said that is somewhat satisfactory and asked the DC to provide Tehsil-wise progress about cutting down of the poplar trees by next date of hearing.
In its compliance report, DC Anantnag provided Tehsil-wise position in axing the trees and the court found that in some Tehsils progress has been slow while in Bijbehara, Dooru, Mattan, Shahabad Bala and Larnoo, the position is “very disturbing”.
“Figures of these Tehsils given in the report suggest that Tehsildars of the Tehsils have not been careful enough to ensure compliance,” the court said and directed the Deputy Commissionerto impress upon all Tehsildars to show substantial progress and to file latest status by next hearing.
With regarding District Bandipora, the court said that compliance report was casual and not in tune with its directions.
“Deputy Commissioner shall remain personally present on the next date and to explain as to what measures have been taken for ensuring complete compliance of the orders of this Court.” Regarding Budgam, the court said that drive for ensuring complete compliance of court’s directions is wanting.
“On the next date, if performance will be the same, then personal appearance of the Deputy Commissioner shall be indispensable,” the court said.
In its compliance report, the deputy commissioner Pulwama said that several Committees have been constituted to meet the ‘fixed target’ for cutting down 4,03,200 Russian poplars.
“The Deputy Commissioner shall file latest status, by or before July 4 so as to show whether the target has been achieved or not,” the court said.
Deputy commissioner Kulgam said that that by May 13, 2016, 1,88,027 Russian poplars have been felled in the district. He said that convergence meeting will be held to formulate a strategic plan for the removal of nurseries with Russian poplars which are in abundance in Qaimoh Tehsil. “On the next date of hearing, Deputy Commissioner shall file latest status report, indicating steps and measures taken for removal of nuisance in the form of nurseries with Russian Poplars,” the court said.
In its compliance report, DC Srinagar has revealed that various measures have been taken but the court said follow up was lacking.
“Detailed report shall be filed by the Deputy Commissioner or before next date of hearing wherein it shall be clearly indicated as to what has been the follow up on the basis of instructions and directions which he had issued to various subordinate authorities as well as to various Head of the Departments,” the court said, adding that in case of any default, he shall have to remain personally present before the court.
Deputy Commissioner Shopain submitted that Tehsil level committees have been constituted to ensure strict compliance of the court directions. “One month’s time is granted for filing latest status about the removal of nuisance,” the court said.
It also directed DC Kupwara to file latest status report, indicating as to what has been the follow up and the progress on axing the trees.