Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed government to file a status report within four weeks about the mechanism in place to stop the utilization of ‘used mobile oil’ in the macadamization of roads in Kashmir Valley.
The direction was passed by a division bench of Justices Virender Singh and Hasnain Massodi following submissions by amicus curie J H Reshi during the hearing of a Public Interest Litigation, seeking streamlining of traffic in the state.
Reshi said that there are large scale complaints that private contractors, who have undertaken the job of macadamization of the roads in the Valley, are using used mobile oil with coal tar so as to save the coal tar which is ultimately sold in the market.
He requested that a complete mechanism should be put in place so that all the macadamization projects in the Valley are monitored and checked against utilization of used Mobile oil with coal tar immediately.
“(M A) Chashoo, Additional advocate General to file status report in this regard within (four weeks),” the court said.
Meanwhile, National High Authority of India (NHAI) has denied that any Indian oil is being utilized in the macadamization work on Qazigund-Srinagar road.
The NHAI produced reports about tests of material used for construction and maintenance of thw works furnished by RAMKY Infrastructure Ltd.
In another direction, the court also granted Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. four weeks to file status report regarding setting up of Auto LPG dispensing outlets in the Valley.
On last date of hearing the court had arrayed Indian Oil Corporation Ltd as party respondent in the PIL following perusal of a report by State’s Transport Commissioner.
In the report, the Commissioner had disclosed that in response to a letter sent by his office, a communication has been received from the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, stating that required formalities are being done and necessary statutory approvals are being obtained for installation of the Auto LPG dispensing outlets in Valley.
“The response given by the Indian Oil Corporation is not only vague and cryptic but does not disclose any progress made,” the Bench said had and impleaded the IOC through its Deputy General Manager, Chandigarh, as party respondent in the PIL “so that effective directions are issued to the Corporation.”
The introduction of Auto LPG, an economical and environment friendly fuel, has remained a distant dream despite announcement of its early introduction in the Valley way back in 2007 by Petroleum Ministry, Government of India.
The court also granted four weeks time to Srinagar Development Authority (SDA) to file status report about the visit of RITES regarding Patha Chowk Bus Stand.
The direction followed submissions by advocate Javed Iqbal SDA has already approached RITES and a Team is likely to visit the Bus Stand very shortly to take stock of the ground realities.
At the instance, advocate J H Reshi, stated that the experts of National Institute of Technology (NIT), Hazaratbal have already made the survey of Bus Stand and other places and that certain suggestions regarding solving the congestion problems at three Legged Y-junction were put forth by, NIT and published also in local newspaper on 6 August, 2013. He requested that SDA may be directed to look into consideration.
At this, advocate Javed lqbal assured that NIT’s suggestions shall be placed before RITES so that SDA is also benefited and a detailed report in this regard shall be filed before the next date of heating.
The court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation— Kashmir Consumer Welfare Forum Vs state, seeking streamlining of flawed traffic system in the summer capital of the state.