PANAJI: The High Court of Bombay at Goa has directed the Union ministry of road transport and highways’ regional officer to either file an affidavit as regards the present status of the western bypass or to remain personally present in the court with all instructions.
The HC division bench comprising Justice M S Sonak and Justice Prithviraj K Chavan said, “We note that in case no affidavit is filed, or the regional officer fails to remain present in the court on January 23, 2019, serious view would be taken in the matter.”
The direction came in a case where the High Court had registered a suo motu public interest litigation considering a report headlined ‘Margao western bypass project in limbo for last 14 years’ published in ‘The Navhind Times’.
The High Court observed, “Insofar as the issue of western bypass is concerned, we regret to note that neither there is any clarity as to which precise authority is undertaking the work nor are the counsel, who had filed appearance on behalf of the central government or agency of the central government are present in the court to assist the court in resolving the said issue.”
On the issue of ring-road, Pradosh Dangui, the government advocate, stated that the entire work, except a small stretch, is complete.
Work on this small stretch could not be completed because of the inter se dispute between the occupants of certain structures, which had to be resolved, Dangui said.
On October 4, 2018, the High Court had passed an order over the completion of work on the small stretch.
The government advocate, on the basis of instructions, stated that the issue has been resolved and most of the structures have been demolished.
He stated that 11 families, who had been living in these structures, have already been rehabilitated.
The High Court has directed the executive engineer, PWD works division, to file an affidavit, consistent with the aforesaid. This means that the affidavit should state that the entire construction on the ring-road, except the small stretch, is complete.
The affidavit must also state the period within which the construction on the small stretch will be completed and the ring-road will be made available to the members of the public for use.
Source:: The Navhind Times