New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought
responses from the Transport Commissioner and Secretary of
Public Works Department on a PIL seeking construction of a
foot-over-bridge (FOB) near Jangpura Metro station here.
The Delhi Transport Commissioner and PWD Secretary are
hereby directed to file their responses, a bench of acting
Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw said
and fixed the matter for further hearing on April 25.
The court`e direction came after R K Saini, counsel for
Jangpura Residents Welfare Associaton (JRWA), said "there is
no instruction so far from the authorietes concerned. I don`t
know when this foot-over-bridge would be built."
The PIL, filed by JRWA, had sought a direction to the
government and others to construct an over-bridge for
pedestrians to cross Lala Lajpat Rai Marg near Jangpura Metro
station as residents of nearby colonies face the risk of being
run over by speeding vehicles on the busy road.
Seeking immediate building of the bridge over "Lala
Lajpat Rai Marg, a very busy and wide road having high-speed
traffic throughout the day," the plea by the JRWA termed the
failure by authorities in building it, despite repeated
promises for over last six months as "negligent, callous and
abdication of public duty/responsibility".
It said the government agencies, which were being
approacghed by JRWA, did not do anything despite assuring the
Association on February 2, 2007, that the estimates for the
bridge have already been prepared for administrative approval.