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HC seeks appearance of CE R&B

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Feb 21: The State  High Court today sought personal appearance of Chief Engineer (R&B) Kashmir to apprise the court about the conditions of roads in the Valley and the steps taken for their maintenance.
The Division Bench headed by Ramalingam Sudhakar sought personal appearance of the CE R&B in PIL filed by the residents of Tral area about the dilapidated conditions of various roads in the Valley which include National Highway from Awantipora to Tral as also the road from Pantha Chowk to Sonawar Srinagar.
Court has been apprised about the bad condition of various roads in the Valley and the court in this regard sought latest status about the condition of these roads from the concerned authorities.
Earlier the authorities like R&B, PWD and Beacon while holding one another responsible for the control of these roads and court had directed the State counsel to collect information regarding these concerns and file latest status report within two weeks.
According to advocate G N Shaheen, the condition of road from Awantipora to Tral via Nowdal is in a shabby. He further submitted that on National Highway from Pantha Chowk to Sonwar no one is taking responsibility. Beacon says it is the job of R&B whereas R&B states that it is the job of the Beacon.
Court was earlier informed that road from Bandipora to Srinagar is in absolute bad condition and it is very difficult to travel on it and it takes three to four hours for one hour’s journey and precious time of commuters is consumed due to the condition of the road.
The civil society has sought directions for repairing the National 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 minimum international and national standards to the convenience of general public at large.
The petitioners also sought directions to the Government to constitute a team of experts to have physical spot inspection and conduct survey of NH1A and other link roads of Kashmir valley to assess the gravity of dilapidated condition of the roads and submit a detailed report with complete remedial suggestions in a time bound period.

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