City Roads: HC Seeks Pending Acquisition Case Details


SRINAGAR — The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed Principal District Judge Srinagar to ensure compliance of its order regarding details of pending acquisition cases which hamper widening of important rout stretch in Srinagar.

“A direction shall go to the Principal, District Judge, Srinagar to ensure compliance of our order dated 23rd April, 2019 and place a report before this Court,” a division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rashid Ali Dar said while hearing a Public Interest Litigation. “The Registry shall send copies of the orders dated 23th April, 2019, 21st May, 2019 and a copy of this order to the learned Principal, District Judge, Srinagar,” the court added.

On last hearing, the Court directed authorities to seek expeditious disposal of the cases related to land acquisition coming in way of road widening of Dalgate to Hazratbal Srinagar.

The division bench of the court had passed the orders after a Deputy Commissioner Srinagar submitted that there are several cases pending before the courts, a majority of them relate to the amount o compensation. In few cases, he said, there are disputes which inter-se the owners, family disputes, partnership disputes pending before the courts. In other cases, he said there are orders of status quo.

“The official respondents shall move appropriate application(s) seeking expedient disposal of all these cases so as to ensure that process of acquisition is expeditiously completed and the project of road widening is not delayed any further.”    

The court had also directed Chief Engineer, PWD (R&B) Kashmir to set-out the dates with time lines with regard to all the matters including approval of the proposal of road widening from Dalgate to Hazratbal Srinagar.

Hearing a petition, complaining unwarranted delay in making the road widening from Dalgate to Hazratbal, the court had observed: “We have perused the status report filed by the Chief Engineer, PWD (R&B) Kashmir, in the matter. The same is hopelessly deficient and gives no dates as well.”

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