Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Friday asked the government to file response to court commissioner’s report for requirement of two foot bridges on Srinagar-Jammu highway in south Kashmir.
The direction came after one of the court commissioner Rizwan-ul-Zaman submitted before the Court that there was requirement of foot bridges on the highway at Awantipora and Khanabal crossings.
Hearing a PIL on widening of Pantha Chowk, the division bench comprising of Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey told authorities to file response by or before next date.
The court said that the authorities must take the issue seriously and keep the court informed.
Meanwhile the counsel representing petitioners (Civil Society Tral) submitted to the court that the highway stretch from Charsoo to Barsoo in Awantipora was in very bad condition.
The court directed authorities to repair the road and report compliance to court by or before December 30.
On previous hearing, the court was apprised of the bad condition of various roads in the Valley including the stretches on the highway from Awantipora to Tral and Pantha Chowk to Sonawar.
The Public Works Department (PWD) also submitted status report before the court which asked the petitioner counsel to study and respond.
The Civil Society Tral also sought directions for repairing the highway from Jammu to Srinagar especially from Banihal to Srinagar and Srinagar to Baramulla. It also sought directions to macadamize the existing old NH1A to make it fit for vehicular traffic to the minimal international and national standards level.
The petitioners also sought a physical inspection of the highway by a team of experts.