Shimla (Vijyender Sharma)
The High Court of H.P. today directed the Chief Secretary, Secretary (Home) to the Govt. of H.P., D.C, Shimla, S.P., Shimla and D.F.O. Forest, Shimla to be appear in person before the court on 19.12.2016 over the issue of lawlessness and deteriorating condition prevailing in the tourist spot Kufri near Shimla town. A Division Bench comprising the Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan passed these orders on a petition taken up suo motoby the Court as Public Interest Litigation on a letter written to the Chief Justice by Rakesh Mehta a resident of Kufri. The petitioner has alleged in the petition that Kufri is well known tourist destination and large number of tourists visit this spot every year. A large amount of money from the public exchequer is being spent on the development of tourism activities in this area by the government through department of Tourism and Special Area Development Authority. The petitioner has further alleged in the petition that the condition of the area has been deteriorating day by day. There are large number of horse in the area which litters all the roads, paths and public places with hoarse dung. Most of these horses are being plied by minors and persons of Nepali origin who indulged in oral and physical abuse with tourist and local inhabitants. Despite this fact being in knowledge of the district administration no concrete steps are being taken to restrict the number of these horses. The petitioner has prayed in the petition that necessary directions may be issued to the district and police administration to check the menace of horse.