The next hearing in this matter will be on May 25. On that day the report of the joint committee will be placed before the NGT.
Himachal Pradesh Of kufri To present a factual and action taken report on the declining snowfall in NGT The Principal Bench has constituted a joint committee. A bench comprising Justice Sudhir Agarwal (Judicial Member) and Dr. A.Senthil Vel, (Expert Member) said that this is a serious environmental issue which needs to be looked into by the tribunal.
In this regard, advocate Shailendra Kumar Yadav had filed a letter petition highlighting the issue of polluted environment in Kufri. The Joint Committee consisting of Divisional Forest Officer, Shimla, Regional Officer, MoEF&CC, Chandigarh, State PCB, and District Magistrate, Shimla, will visit the site and submit a factual report including any action taken within two months.
What did the complainant say?
The complainant told the NGT that Kufri was the first place in India to be developed by the British for the sport of alpine skiing. The country’s first winter sports club was built here. The reason for this was that there were green deodar trees all around. It used to snow here from the end of November to the end of February, but it has happened less than two years.
The complainant said that there are about 700-800 horses in an area of eight to 10 square kilometers. The roots of trees and small plants in the area are getting damaged due to horses. Horse dung can be seen in public places. Horse owners have damaged the Chail-Kufri road by installing machines. This is disturbing the forest and ecological balance in the area. Because of this, Kufri is getting less snowfall than in two years and the water sources in the area are drying up.
Next hearing on May 25
The hearing in the case in NGT has now been fixed on May 25. On that day the report of the joint committee will be placed before the NGT. Himachal Pradesh Pollution Control Board has been made the nodal agency for this.