JAMMU, Dec 7: While taking serious note of frequent road accidents at Mughal Road, Batote-Doda-Kishtwar stretch and Ramban, a Division Bench of the High Court of J&K and Ladakh comprising Chief Justice N Kotiswar Singh and Justice Moksha Khajuria Kazmi today directed the constitution of an Expert Committee.
The committee will consist of Professor from IIT Jammu having expertise in road safety, an Engineer to be nominated by the Chief Engineer SAMPARK, an Executive Engineer to be nominated by the Chief Engineer PWD(R&B), Jammu and Prof (Dr) G M Bhat, former HoD of the Department of Geology, University of Jammu, who is an acclaimed expert in landslides on National Highways.
The Division Bench further directed that Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, who is already appointed as Nodal Officer, to coordinate the functioning of the Expert Committee. The Expert Committee has been directed to visit and inspect NH-44, NH-244 & Mughal Road to ascertain the causes and reasons for frequent road accidents.
These significant directions were issued in three clubbed PILs filed by Intikhab Ahmed Qazi, Bar Association Doda and Asif Iqbal Bhat highlighting frequent road accidents and dance of death in Pir Panchal and Chenab Region.
Advocates Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed, Syed Asim Hashmi, Rahul Raina, Supriya Chouhan, M Zulkarnain Chowdhary, Suraj Singh, Syed Majid Shah and Adnan Mushtaq Jaral appeared for the petitioners whereas Advocate Vishal Sharma, DSGI and Senior AAG S S Nanda appeared for Union of India and Government of J&K.