‘Hardly anything has moved since 2003’

‘Hardly anything has moved since 2003’

HC upset over unattended traffic mess in Srinagar and Jammu
SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court has expressed its dismay on the non-compliance of its various orders on decongestion of traffic in two capital cities of the state, Srinagar and Jammu.
“This litigation started somewhere in the year 2003. Number of orders have been passed from time to time but to our dismay except a few hardly anything has moved. The order sheets have gathered too much of a mass (sic),” said a division bench of Justices R Sudhakar and Ali Mohammad Magrey while hearing a PIL titled Kashmir consumer Welfare Forum Vs Commissioner Transport & another Besides decongestion of traffic in Srinagar and Jammu, the court said that the PIL encompasses pollution that was caused by various stake holders living and doing business in these cities, the difficulty caused due to congestion in the roads which are not adequate in size, the difficulty caused due to lack of car parking facility, the difficulty caused by lack of public transport, bus stand facility etc.
Advocate Jawad Reshi, amicus curie in the PIL, submitted that some measures have been taken and implemented but a lot more was to be done”. The issue required proper consideration after response by all stake holders,” he said.
Following his submissions, the court said: “We request the advocate general assisted by additional advocate general B A Dar, government advocate Irfan  Andleeb to take up the issues so far as the state is concerned and submit to this court with all particulars after taking copies of the earlier orders so far passed by this court.”
The court said amicus curie would also be assisted by Ateeb Kanth and Hakim Aman Ali, advocates and they shall prepare a comprehensive chart containing a list of ‘do’s and don’ts which needs to be followed and implemented by various departments of the Government.
“This chart when prepared will enable the court to focus on the issues raised in a systematic manner so that in future there is no scope for orders getting submerged in the reams of paper,” the court said.
In 2015, the High Court while hearing the same PIL had ordered sealing of all commercial complexes without basement parking and included the one owned by former congress minister Taj Mohi-ud-Din at Residency Road here.
“The civic laws are made for the benefit of general public. Commercial interest of one individual cannot be permitted to override the civic rights of general public,” the court had said and ordered that all the commercial complexes without vehicle parking facility shall be sealed by the SMC.

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