STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: A Division Bench (DB) of State High Court comprising Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Tashi Rabstan on Saturday disposed off a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed to highlight dilapidated condition of roads in Jammu and Kashmir. The court disposed off the aforesaid PIL after counsel for the petitioner Parveen Kapahi submitted that after filing of the writ petition the conditions of the roads in Jammu have improved. Earlier, the DB observed that present petition was filed in the month of May, 2015 complaining against the respondents’ inaction and failure to keep the roads travel worthy in the entire State of Jammu and Kashmir including rural areas. The petitioner made a general complaint that the roads were full of potholes and ditches and that the respondents were bound to ensure that the roads remained smooth, so that the common man cannot suffer and additionally, inter alia, a prayer has been made that the respondents should maintain a hotline or website to enable the citizens to intimate the concerned authorities, for redressal of grievances regarding road infrastructure in J&K. The DB also observed that when the writ petition came up on June 1, 2015, a general direction was made by this Court directing the respondents that wherever required the necessary repair work shall be effected to make the roads travel worthy. DB also observed that it was not disputed by the counsel for the petitioner that after filing of the writ petition the conditions of the roads in Jammu have improved. DB further observed that it cannot be denied that it is an essential duty of the respondents to ensure that the roads in Jammu are maintained in a travel worthy condition. “In case any digging is required for any reason or purpose, necessary restoration work should be expeditiously carried out. Even the suggestion of the petitioner regarding maintenance of the website or a dedicated telephone number/line is a valuable suggestion which would enable the authorities to remain informed regarding urgent examination and restoration/repairs”, the court observed. With these observations, the DB disposed off the petition with liberty to the petitioner to file an appropriate writ petition, if aggrieved by the failure of the respondents to maintain any specific roads in future and also directed respondents to examine the prayer of the petitioner regarding the maintenance of a dedicated telephone line and website to enable complaints regarding roads being placed before the authorities so that immediate redressal thereof can be effected.
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