Pitch tent for week to know people’s plight, Punjab and Haryana High Court to officials - ECAS Punjab

Pitch tent for week to know people’s plight, Punjab and Haryana High Court to officials

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Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7

Pitch a tent for a week to understand the people's plight instead of spending time in palatial houses, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today told the Sangrur Deputy Commissioner, Punjab Pollution Control Board Chairman and the Lehragaga Sub-Divisional Magistrate.

Describing the DC and other functionaries as "heartless", the Bench of Justices SN Satyanarayana and Archana Puri categorically asserted the need for passing such an order was being felt, even though the same was not prayed for, to make such people rouse to the actualities.

The admonition came after the Bench was told that a carcass ground in Bakhora Khurd village of Sangrur district was not shifted despite repeated requests and representations to the authorities. The Bench has given the state counsel 10 days to get the ground shifted.

The direction came after the state counsel assured the Bench he would talk to the respondents and make sure the ground was shifted and the carcasses were cleared. He also undertook before the court the filing of a "positive report" within 10 days.

Taking up the petition filed against the state and other respondents by Gurpreet Singh through counsel Manish Kumar Singla, the Bench asserted the plea and the photographs clearly disclosed the pathetic condition under which the residents were living. The record also indicated that representations were sent to the respondents and even the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in July 2019.

The Bench said it was unable to understand how the pollution control board, the DC and other respondents could be so heartless to the situation, particularly when the ground was said to adjacent to a school where children would go for studies. It would ruin their health at a formative stage itself.



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