New Delhi: The Bombay Excessive Courtroom on Friday directed the Maharashtra Public Works Division (PWD) and the Nationwide Highway Authority of India (NHAI), to hold out vital restore work and fill potholes on the Mumbai-Goa Nationwide Highway. A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G S Kulkarni additionally directed the authorities to make sure correct barricading of parts, the place a road-widening work was underway alongside the freeway, to forestall “lack of lives”.
The bench was listening to a public curiosity litigation (PIL) filed by Owais Pechkar, a daily commuter on the Mumbai-Goa Highway, who sought instructions from the court docket to the state and central authorities to restore potholes alongside the street, which he stated, was liable to accidents.
Pechkar had earlier filed a PIL in 2018 searching for related instructions, and on the time, one other bench of the Excessive Courtroom had acknowledged that guaranteeing pothole-free roads was the minimal a authorities might do for its residents.
The petitioner filed the current plea earlier this week, after realising that the authorities had executed little since 2018 to restore the freeway.
The PIL acknowledged that though the freeway was being widened, the work had been delayed for years, inconveniencing residents and inflicting common visitors congestion, the plea stated.
The court docket then requested the Maharashtra PWD and the NHAI to look into fast restore points, together with potholes.
“The state of affairs on the freeway isn’t good. We would like the state PWD and NHAI to look into the fast points, together with potholes,” the bench stated, including that since monsoon is on, accidents may occur and security measures must be taken to keep away from lack of lives.
The Excessive Courtroom additionally sought a progress report of the freeway widening work from the authorities.
“At some locations, there aren’t any guards on the street cautioning motorists that they should take precaution forward as a result of potholes or ongoing widening work. You (PWD and NHAI) can be required to handle it. Some barricading should be executed,” the bench stated.
The Excessive Courtroom will proceed listening to the PIL subsequent week.