Repair of damaged fourth Tawi Bridge
STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: A Division Bench (DB) comprising Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Tashi Rabstan on Friday directed respondents to file status report on work carried out to repair fourth Tawi Bridge, which was damaged allegedly to provide illegitimate access to encroached land, before the next date of hearing. The court direction came in a suo-moto Public Interest Litigation (PIL) on a news item published in STATE TIMES titled ‘Gujjar Basti: Offenders including officials involved in 4th Tawi Bridge damage roam free’, in which earlier DB had directed respondents to ensure that damage to the Tawi Bridge should be repaired at the earliest. When the PIL came-up for hearing, the DB observed that respondents had informed the Court that the damages to the aforesaid bridge have been repaired by the Public Works Department. There upon, the DB also appointed Advocate Rajneesh as Amicus Curie, who shall assist the Court in the matter. Earlier, the DB had observed that aforesaid news report has brought to fore the manner in which parapet of Tawi Bridge has been broken to provide unauthorised passage to illegal encroachments which have been effected in gross violation of the guidelines of the Supreme Court as well as the Roads and Bridges Act. Such intervention on bridges is completely impermissible. “The act of damaging the parapet tantamount to cause damage to the public property and would be penal offence as well. Copy of the above report is taken on record. The matter is of an extremely serious nature, inasmuch as not only the property is being damaged but also damage is effected to facilitate the encroachments on public land. No person would be allowed to encroach upon the public property for private purpose. Certainly, the action in damaging the bridge to provide illegal access to such encroachments is a crime of the worst nature. This matter deserves cognisance in public interest”.
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