People’s Forum files PIL on Srinagar road-widening, decongestion

People’s Forum files PIL on Srinagar road-widening, decongestion
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SRINAGAR: A fresh public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed before the J&K High Court on the road-widening issues in and around Srinagar city.
The litigation has been filed by J&K People’s Forum through advocate Yaawar Khan. The writ petition arrays a range of legal concerns relating to the ongoing road-widening programmes in Srinagar city and takes the view that such actions are opposed to settled legal norms relating to the management of road-widening and the conservation of greenery.
The petition brings to the court’s attention that road-widening programmes are being advanced without any due public consultation, even when a variety of public rights are adversely affected.
The petition presents a variety of evidence in support of its averments that the ongoing programme is delayed unnecessarily due to political clout and the stubbornness of greedy citizens who, at their political bosses’ behest, are not removing the structures that make bottlenecks at various points in the state government’s ongoing road widening programme.
The petition further reads that the main purpose of the road-widening programmes is to decongest the overloaded city traffic but, say the petitioners, to one’s utmost surprise, this mega project in the summer capital has come to a grinding halt due to bottlenecks.
The petition further submits that a major casualty of delays in such programmes are the inhabitants of Srinagar city in general and others including visiting tourists in particular.
The petition prays before court that the authorities be directed to file a response about the progress on the completion of the Circular Road Project from Dalgate to Hazratbal, Srinagar, and that they also be directed to remove all illegal constructions from the said road.