SC to hear PIL to rescue flood trapped tourists, residents in J&K on 12th Sept.

Chief Justice Mr. Justice R.M. Lodha ordered hearing of writ petition (PIL) seeking urgent relief for the flood marooned/trapped on Friday, 12th September, 2014 filed by J&K National Panthers Party.

Prof.Bhim Singh, Sr. Advocate mentioned before the Special Bench of the Supreme Court of India presided by the Chief Justice, Mr. Justice R.M. Lodha and comprising of Hon’ble Mr. Justice Madan B. Lokur & Hon’ble Mr. Justice Kurian Joseph  this morning. He made submission that thousands of tourists from all over the country and foreign and foreigners have been trapped in floods in the Valley in particular. He told the court that neither Govt. of India nor the State Govt. has been able to set up a single ‘helpline center’ in a safe zone where the relatives/friends of the trapped tourists visiting Kashmir could contact or provide information or seek information regarding the whereabouts of such trapped people. He submitted the court to direct the Union of India to set up local Information Center or Centers in Jammu/Delhi/elsewhere so that the relatives or friends of the trapped/missing persons in the Valley could convey the information. It is also necessary that the such information centers should connect the public places like Legislators’ House, Circuit Houses, Dak Bungalows, Shankaracharya Hills in Srinagar, Rajbagh, Jawahar Nagar, Karan Nagar and other places so that the rescue teams are informed regularly on the situation of the people trapped in water even at distant places.

The Chief Justice, after hearing Prof.Bhim Singh directed the Registry to list this PIL on Friday, the 12th day of September, 2014.   

J&K National Panthers Party, in the meantime, has established two main information centers at 30-B, Gandhingar, Jammu and another in Rajbagh, Srinagar to collect the information regarding missing persons from outside Kashmir Valley so that this Center may try to help the rescuing teams to provide prompt information.

The writ petition filed by JKNPP has sought direction to the Central and State governments for providing immediate relief including cash, kind and medicines etc. to flood affected people in the state. It is also sought that state declared under natural calamity and national disaster keeping in view enormous devastation. The petition also stated that, “…It is only intervention of the Union of India which can save million of people from death and destruction… Because the State machinery has failed to meet the challenge to the havoc caused by the unprecedented floods in J&K.” He said that there is no communication with Raj Bhawan, Army Headquarters in the Valley, the police and the security telephone lines have gone silent for the past three days.