UNI) Himachal Pradesh High Court has asked the State government to observe zero tolerance level with regard to pollution in forest area beyond Mardhi.
The Division Bench comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Mr Justice R B Misra also asked the State authorities to ensure that all the unauthorized food stalls or dhabas in that are removed forthwith and in a time bound period.
The Court made the observations during hearing a petition taken up suo moto by the Court on the harm caused to Rohtang glacier due to pollution.
The Court also said the State authorities must provide substitute mobile vans to supply food and drinking items to the tourists, which responsibility should be taken by the HP Tourism department. In addition, the HP Tourism department, in association with the State Pollution Control Board should also arrange for day to day awareness camps at appropriate locations to spread awareness among the tourists about the norms to be observed and to strictly follow dos and don’ts during their stay or visit to tourist locations in forest area.
The Court also granted time to the Advocate General to interact with the Principal Secretary (Tourism) and M.D, HP Tourism Corporation to evolve a comprehensive scheme to ensure that littering taking place in forest area essentially due to the presence of unauthorized food stalls/dhabas is stopped at the earliest.
The Court clarified that pendency of the petition or preparation of comprehensive scheme will not be an impediment for the State Authorities to immediately proceed against the unauthorized food stalls/dhabas in restricted/forest area in accordance with law and posted that matter for May 2, 2013. UNI