The Bombay High Court Wednesday said there is a need for a ‘unified body’ to maintain roads in Mumbai and address complaints by citizens regarding the potholes due to the ‘overlapping’ jurisdiction of various authorities and the absence of such authority is an ‘area of concern.”
The high court was hearing a contempt petition filed by lawyer Ruju Thakker, alleging non-compliance with 2018 orders by civic authorities to repair potholes along all arterial roads in the city along with the issue of deaths due to open manholes.
“This is a contempt petition. We want to dispose of it. Ultimately what is happening is none is being punished. We are only passing directions for earlier directions and orders to be followed. This is not serving any purpose,” a division bench of Chief Justice Devendra Kumar Upadhyaya and Justice Arif S Doctor remarked.
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It asked the parties in the matter to suggest some measures to be directed to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and other authorities.
“One area of concern is they still do not have a unified body or authority and in case of overlapping of jurisdiction of these authorities, entire roads can be entrusted to BMC itself or Public Works Department (PWD),” the bench said, adding that ultimately the citizens face difficulties due to the issue.
The high court will hear the PIL next on December 18.
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