Jammu, October 17: The J&K High Court has observed that public land is being exploited for commercial profits and the authorities are in collusion and complicit with the illegal acts and directed the Pahalgam Development Authority to initiate steps for eviction of the unauthorized occupants on State land and report action taken in this regard revealed on next date.
The Division Bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Puneet Gupta after going throgh the case said that the record revealed that the PDA has not taken effective steps at all with regard to protection and preservation of the Government lands.
Court said that the lessees whose lease have long expired are continuing to occupy the State Land and the PDA appears to have no record of the leases resulting into continuance of encroachments by the encroachers on Government and Forest land with impunity.
The responsibility of serving these directions has been put to Principal Secretary Law on all lands as well as Development Authorities viz PDA, GDA, SDA, Patnitop Development Authority, Jammu Development Authority and Srinagar Development Authority and all Municipal Corporations, Divisional Commissioners, Principal Chief Conservator Forests of J&K and Ladakh.
Court directed the Principal Secretary Law of both UTs to take steps of informing the general public about the directions of the court.