J&K High Court asks state govt for SWM vision plan

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The High Court of J&K and Ladakh has asked the state government to create a “vision plan” for the elimination of solid waste in Jammu and Kashmir and information on the resources employed for waste management.

A related Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was heard by a division bench led by Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice Wasim Sadiq Nargal, who asked the Housing and Urban Development Department’s Commissioner Secretary to provide full details of the steps taken so far and those planned for the disposal of solid waste.

The court also ordered him to explain how the money he had previously received from the federal and state governments for the removal of solid trash had been utilized.

After making this comment, the court requested information regarding the actions taken to dispose of the solid waste and the use of funds received for this purpose from both the Center and the State government.

In addition, the court requested that the Commissioner Secretary submit his personal affidavit attesting to his compliance with all previous orders that had been periodically issued by it, reports Greater Kashmir.

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