How Srinagar Parks Converted Into Sports Stadiums, Asks HC 

How Srinagar Parks Converted Into Sports Stadiums, Asks HC 

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir has, till further, orders banned any construction in parks in Srinagar and has also sought a report from Divisional Commissioner Kashmir as to how the Sher-e-Kashmir Park, Polo Ground Park, TRC Park and Church Lane Park have been converted into Sports stadiums.

Hearing a Public Interest Litigation, a division bench of Justices Ali Mohammad Magrey and Dhiraj Singh Thakur  also directed the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir to file a detailed Report furnishing therein the list of existing Parks, Gardens in and around the vicinity of Srinagar City as well as the details of proposed new Parks and Gardens, if any, coming up in the capital by the next date of hearing on March 4.

The Divisional Commissioner, the court said, shall also give details as regards any construction activity, be it completed or under completion, in the Parks and Gardens.

“In the said report, (He) shall also inform us about the status of the Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium, Srinagar, with reference to allotment of land to the J&K Cricket Association; construction activity already completed therein or under competition,” the court said, adding, “Till further orders from this Court, no construction activity shall be carried out in the existing Parks/ Gardens in and around the vicinity of Srinagar City.”

The Divisional Commissioner, the court said, shall also seek a report from the Director, Floriculture, Kashmir, as to how the Sher-e-Kashmir Park/ Polo Ground Park/ TRC Park/ Church Lane Park have been converted into Sports stadiums and place the same before it by the next date of hearing.

“He shall ensure that no construction activity is carried out in these identified sites/ stadiums till further orders from this Court,” the court said.

The Divisional Commissioner, court said, shall, as and when required for ensuring implementation of the directions passed by the Court regarding stopping of construction work, as directed seek assistance of the Inspector General of Police, Kashmir.

The court directs Syed Faisal Qadri, the Amicus Curiae in the PIL, to personally visit the existing Parks/ Gardens, as well as the Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium and file report about the condition of the same by the March 4.