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The Jammu and Kashmir high court has stepped in to save Kashmir's prized and busy hill station of Gulmarg by baning constructions and stopping fresh lease of land as the tourist destination faces grave threat to its ecology due to illegal construction and encroachment of forestland.
The fresh court direction has come after an NGO and various complainants complained that rampant illegal constructions in violation of the master plan were posing threat to its fragile ecology. The government's status report produced before the court confirmed worst fears about illegal construction inside the lush green woods of Gulmarg, 55 km north of Srinagar.
"It is admitted that illegal occupation of land and illegal constructions have been taking place under the very nose of local authorities," observed judges Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Ali Mohammad Magrey while hearing the case earlier this week.