Court asks amicus curie to submit expert report on Rajbagh bridge

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday gave two weeks time to amicus curie to submit technical and expert opinion on the construction of Rajbagh Bridge but directed the state to work out on the proposal further.
The court observed that if it found the technical report not favouring the bridge, the court would order a review of the proposal.
The court directions came after the amicus curie, R A Jan, argued before the court that raising the height of the bridge would not solve the issue, and would only choke the traffic.
He further pleaded that there was a need for strong embankments rather than raising height of bridges.
He requested court to grant him two weeks time to bring a technical report from “Institutions of Engineers of India” about the feasibility of the bridge at such height.
Hearing the PIL, the division bench headed by Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey granted two weeks time and directed petitioner counsel that no further time will be granted after that.
“If you have a valid expert opinion then there will be review of the said proposal otherwise don’t waste time of court,” the court said.
On previous hearing court had sought a detailed report from the ERA on whether the bridge be made motorable or pedestrian bridge.
Court has already directed the authorities to proceed ahead with the construction of the bridge (but not foot bridge) as per original plan of 1981.