HC orders high-level panel on Dal to meet this week

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HC orders high-level panel on Dal to meet this week 
Asif Iqbal   
Srinagar, May 16: The J&K high court has directed a high level panel, constituted last month for preserving and protecting the Dal Lake, to hold a meeting this week.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation on saving the world famous Lake, a division bench of the court comprising Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey also left it for the panel headed by the Chief Secretary to decide about enactment of a law for preserving and protecting the world body.
It also directed government to include senior advocate Z A Shah and amicus curie in the PIL as part of the committee.
“It is provided that besides including Shah as member of the monitoring committee, respondent state would be at liberty to include any other authority or person, whose presence in the committee would be deemed necessary for taking of proper decision, by the committee,” the court and directed monitoring committee to convene its meeting this week.
Z A Shah submitted that until there is a law enacted by the State government through which mechanism for preserving and protecting the Lake and other bodies is regulated, it may be difficult to achieve the purposes by any executive committee.
“We leave it to the monitoring committee of which Mr Shah will be part now to take call on this vital issue,” the court said, adding, “The first issue to be considered by the committee shall be for evolving a permanent mechanism for preservation and protection of the Dal Lake and other water bodies,” the court said and directed it to submit report about the deliberations made and decisions taken in the meeting.
Meanwhile the court-appointed vigilance commissioners—Mohammad Shafi Khan (former session judge) and Abdul Hamid Bhat (former SSP)—filed their latest report and the court directed the monitoring committee to look into this report and take remedial steps thereafter.  The PIL has been posted for further consideration on May 27.