HC seeks govt response
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday directed the state government to file response to a technical report submitted by amicus curie Riyaz Ahmed Jan to support his arguments on the feasibility of Rajbagh motorable bridge.
Advocate Jan filed the report from ‘Indian Institute of Engineers’ contending that the report presents a clear picture that raising the height of Rajbagh Bridge to as much as that of Abdullah Bridge should not be a problem.
Previously, Jan had objected to ERA plea that for a motorable bridge at the site, the height had to be raised substantially, which was not feasible on the spot.
Jan had argued before the court that raising the height of the bridge would not solve the issue, and would only choke the traffic, and sought time to submit a technical report to support his argument- which he did today.
The court observed that state should go through the technical report and in case there was enough ground of the expert opinion, the court would order a review of the proposal.
Hearing the PIL, the division bench headed by Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey remarked that a better management plan was required to be effective at all levels and every possible opinion would be taken into consideration if found valid on ground.
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.
On May 19 of this year the high court had asked J&K (ERA) to come up with feasibility stand on increasing height of the bridge. Later on April 27, court disapproved vandalizing river Jehlum and directed government to complete the skewed bridge in keeping with its original plan.