Metropolis Not “Sensible” Until Its Roads Are Pothole Free: Bombay Excessive Courtroom

City Not 'Smart' Till Its Roads Are Pothole Free: Bombay High Court

The bench has directed the state authorities to arrange a centralised grievance redressal mechanism

Mumbai:  The Bombay Excessive Courtroom Thursday mentioned the Maharashtra authorities’s endeavour to make each metropolis “good” was commendable however it could solely be attainable when a metropolis’s roads, streets and footpaths have been in a great situation and freed from potholes.

A division bench of justices A S Oka and P N Deshmukh mentioned it was a citizen’s basic proper to have good roads, streets and footpaths and other people couldn’t be disadvantaged of their rights.

The remarks have been made by the excessive courtroom in its order after it took up the difficulty of rising variety of potholes and poor situation of roads in Mumbai and different districts of Maharashtra, which was resulting in demise of motorists.

The courtroom mentioned it was the authorized and constitutional obligation of the state authorities and all different native authorities to make sure good roads.

“We’re conscious of the state authorities’s endeavour to make each metropolis good. Nevertheless, no metropolis may be often called good except its roads, streets and footpaths are in good situation and pothole-free,” Justice Oka mentioned.

The bench directed the state authorities to provide you with a coverage on the phrases and situations in relation to street contracts in order to make sure high quality and sturdiness of the work carried out.

“We additionally direct the state authorities to arrange a centralised grievance redressal mechanism, the place residents can lodge their complaints. An individual travelling from one metropolis to a different wouldn’t know beneath which authority a selected street falls,” the courtroom mentioned.

As soon as the federal government receives a grievance, it could possibly then ahead it to the native authority involved for follow-up motion and compliance, the courtroom mentioned.

The bench has directed the state authorities to arrange this centralised mechanism by June 15.

The bench additionally took be aware of the demise of a city-based physician after falling into an open manhole over the past monsoon.

“Such unlucky incidents can’t be repeated. Civic our bodies shall take all the required precautions to make sure that no manhole is left open and whether it is (left open), then crucial warning boards shall be positioned close to it,” the courtroom mentioned.

The bench has directed the state authorities to file a compliance report on its instructions and posted the petition for additional listening to on July 24.

The bench mentioned it hoped that every one the municipal firms and district councils within the state take all the required steps by June to make sure good roads earlier than the onset of monsoon.


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