HC asks road construction agencies to cooperate with court commissioners


Srinagar—The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday warned road construction agencies against non-cooperation with teams of lawyers, who were constituted earlier this year to “inspect and oversee” the conditions of various roads in Kashmir Valley.

Hearing a Public Interest Litigation filed by Civil Society Tral through advocate G N Shaheen, a division bench of Chief Justice Badar Durez Ahmad and Justice was apprised that the roads are maintained by PWD(R&B), National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), Border Roads Organization (BRO) and RAMKI (Executing Agency). It was also informed that these authorities were not cooperating with court commissioners.

Taking serious note of it, the court warned them with serious action if the same was repeated in future. “We shall take serious view if this is repeated by the authorities,” a division bench of Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmad and Justice Sanjeev Kumar said.

Regarding Srinagar to Qazigund road, the court was informed that the commissioners have visited the road and it is maintained by R&B and NHAI in parts. A report of commissioner is ready, the court was told following which it directed that same be filed within one week before the court.

About the road of Srinagar to Sonamarg, advocate Bhat Fayaz Ahmad, one of the court commissioners, submitted that the report was ready and same will be filed soon before the court.

The court has already impressed upon court commissioners and concerned officers to work in tandem as a single team and ensure that its orders are implemented.

In one of the status reports, J&K’s Inspector General of Police Traffic had stated that wherever traffic mess taking place, it is because of the decrepit roads.

“Dilapidated condition of the road leads to slow traffic movement which causes frequent traffic jams,” the IGP had said, underling that it also affects the job of men in uniform to regulate the traffic and avoid jams, causing inconvenience to motorists and general public.

The PIL seeks directions for repairing the highway especially from Banihal to Srinagar and Srinagar to Baramulla. However, the court subsequently widened the scope of the petition to encompass roads across the Valley.




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