Stays felling of trees till its further orders
Srinagar, April 11: The Jammu & Kashmir High Court has directed Chief Secretary of the Union Territory to constitute a high-level committee within four days to examine the impact of pollen and fluff from poplar trees, even as it has stayed felling of these trees till further orders.
As per wire service—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the High Court has directed government to set-up a committee headed by Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) and other experts on trees, medicine, respiratory diseases and other subjects relevant to the issues.
“The committee which is constituted would examine all aspects relating to the matter including the impact of the pollen and fluff from poplar trees , the desirability of felling poplar trees( also called Russian poplars) and related issues. The committee shall
suggest all necessary steps, including felling of trees, if necessary,” the HC ordered.
According to the order, the committee shall complete its deliberations expeditiously within a timeframe to be fixed allotted by Chief Secretary and forward its report to secretaries of Health and Medical Education and Forest departments.
“The Secretaries Health and Forest Departments shall take a considered view on the report and place the same before Chief Secretary for consideration at the earliest,” reads the order as per KNO.
The High Court said it has not passed any direction on felling on poplar trees during April 3 hearing and left the decision and action to be taken by the secretary Health and Medical Education Department.
It also stayed previous order directing felling of trees till its further directions. “We were informed by Shafqat Nazir, advocate on 3rd April, 2020 that there were previous court orders of 2015 with regard to felling of poplars.
If this is the position, we today direct that any prior order directing felling of the poplar trees would be kept in abeyance till the above proceedings of the committee and consideration directed today are completed, placed before us and further order passed by us,” the High Court ordered