HC forms lawyers’ teams to inspect, oversee valley roads

HC forms lawyers’ teams to inspect, oversee valley roads

Teams will keep court posted about road condition in coordination with officers from NHAI, RAMKI, BRO
Srinagar: The high court on Tuesday constituted lawyers’ teams to inspect and oversee the condition of roads in the valley, where commuting is becoming increasingly difficult on many routes due to pathetic condition of roads.
The teams have been directed to keep the court posted about the condition of the roads.
The directions were passed by a division bench of Justices R. Sudhakar and Tashi Rabstan while hearing a Public Interest Litigation seeking 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.
As per the court’s directions, a team of three lawyers comprising G N Sofi, Ashiq Hussain and Rizwan Bhat will oversee the road condition from Qazigund to Srinagar with the help of one officer each from RAMKI and National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and report the court about the condition of the stretch with photographs.
From Srinagar to Sonamarg, two lawyers—Bhat Fayaz and Asif Ali—have been asked to inform the court about the upgradation of the road project under National Highway Authority of India.
Similarly from Bandipora to Sumbal, which comes under BRO, lawyers Bhat Fayaz and NA Malik have been tasked to oversee the road stretch with concerned officials and report to the court.
From Srinagar-Sopore, advocates BA Zargar and Shafkat Nazir have been appointed to inspect the condition of the road stretch and report to the court.
During the course of the hearing, the court was informed that road stretch from Awantipora to Tral was in highly dilapidated condition and two lawyers—M Amin Khan and Shabir Ahmad Bhat—were appointed to inspect the road and report to the court.
The court also impressed upon these commissioners and officers concerned to work in tandem as a single team and ensure that its orders are implemented. It has sought the report from the commissioners in March and posted the PIL for further consideration on April 3.
Earlier as the hearing in the PIL started, Chief Engineer R&B (PWD), who was present in compliance to the court’s directions last week, apprised the division bench about the road conditions and the difficulties faced by the department.
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. It also affects the job of men in uniform to regulate the traffic and avoid jams, causing inconvenience to motorists and general public.

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