JAMMU, June 6: In a Public Interest Litigation (PIL)) regarding de-congesting/widening of Amphalla-Janipur and Janipur-High Court roads, Division Bench of the State High Court comprising Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur and Justice Sanjay Gupta today issued certain directions to the Principal Secretary Planning Department and Commissioner Secretary Finance Department and sought compliance report by next date of hearing.
When the PIL came-up for hearing, Senior AAG HA Siddiqui stated tenders have already been floated for widening of approach road to the High Court and process will be completed in the month of June itself. “However, the work cannot be started immediately after the finalization of the tendering process inasmuch as certain utilities of the Power Development Department have to be shifted, which may incur a cost of approximately Rs 1.5 crore, which has to be released and approved by the Finance Department”, he submitted.
Stating that by the time process of tendering is finalized the process of shifting of PDD utilities can also be undertaken simultaneously with a view to avoid any further delay in the matter, the DB directed that the needful shall be done within a period of three weeks and a compliance report be also submitted by the Principal Secretary Planning Department and the Commissioner Secretary Finance Department by the next date of hearing.
With regard to de-congesting/widening of Amphalla-Janipur road, it was stated by Senior AAG HA Siddiqui that a detailed report has since been prepared and submitted by the RITES, which needs to be considered by the Planning Department and an appropriate decision is required to be taken on the same as to which of the options suggested by RITES has to be accepted and executed.
“Let a considered decision be taken keeping in view the long term requirement, the pace of the expansion of the city and ever increasing population. The decision taken should not be a quick fixed one but a decision which would hold good for the coming years”, the DB directed and sought compliance report by the next date of hearing.
Senior Advocate B S Slathia along with Advocate Aditya Sharma appeared for the PIL.