PIL seeking closure of 59 illegal/unregistered dairies in JMC limits

DB directs DC Jammu to handover 100 kanals of land for cattle pound to JMC within one week


JAMMU, Feb 10: Division Bench of the State High Court comprising Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur in a significant order has directed the Deputy Commissi oner, Jammu and Commissioner, Jammu Municipal Corporation to complete the process of handing over/taking over the possession of 100 kanals of land for a cattle pound at Keran, Ban Talab, Jammu. The land for cattle pound was identified in view of the directions issued by the Division Bench in view of the insufficient space at the cattle pound situated at Dogra Hall, Jammu and the Municipal Corporation had taken up the matter with Deputy Commissi oner Jammu and the Division Bench was informed that a site at Keran, Ban Talab, Jammu has been identified.
These court directions were passed in a Public Interest Litigation filed by an NGO (SAVE) through its Chairperson Devinder Kour Madaan alias Rumpy Madaan seeking closure of 59 illegal/ unregistered milk dairies running within the limits of Jammu Municipal Corporation and also for regulating the functioning of existing 57 number of registered dairies as per the existing norms and guidelines issued by JMC under Section 44 (n) of Jammu Municipal Corpor ation Act, 2000.
After hearing Advocate Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed with Advocates Suraj Singh and Supriya Chouhan appearing for the PIL, whereas Advocate Sachin Gupta for JMC, Senior Advocate M.K. Bhardwaj with Advocate Vasu for owners of milk diaries and Advocate Amita Khajuria for Food Safety and Standard Authority of India New Delhi, the Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed observed that on the basis of directions given by this Court on November, 16, 2017 and November, 22, 2017, it appears that many of the unlicensed dairy owners had applied for licenses but their licenses, for one reason or the other, have been rejected by the JMC and a general complaint has been made on behalf of the dairy owners that the State Pollution Control Board is not responding the applications made by them for issuance of no objection certificates. The Division Bench accordingly directed the Pollution Control Board to take prompt action on the applications and decide the same one way or the other, and not later than two weeks from today.
Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed issued directions to the JMC that it will place before this Court on the next date a comprehensive plan for tagging of stray cattle and also a report with regard to the inspections made by them in connection of tagging of cattle in registered dairies.
Division Bench after considering the submissions of Advocate S.S. Ahmed directed Advocate Sachin Gupta appearing for JMC that the suggestions made by the petitioner may also be taken note of by JMC and, if possible, adopts the salient features thereof. JNF

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