Chennai: The Madras High Court on Thursday impleaded the Director of Highways Research Station here as the third respondent in the suo motu PIL on the city corporation's decision to drop concrete road proposal.
Treating a report on the matter in an English daily as a PIL, a bench comprising, Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M.M. Sundresh, had on January 19 sought a report on the condition of roads across the state and appointed Advocate T.Mohan as amicus to assist the court.
It had also issued notices to the Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department Secretary and the Commissioner of Corporation of Chennai.
When the matter came up today, the bench, on a suggestion by the amicus curiae, impleaded the Director, Highways Research Station, Guindy, as third respondent and issued a notice for his presence in the court on next hearing on March 9.
Meanwhile, the state government in its affidavit stated roads had to be laid urgently because of the Global Investors Meet scheduled from May 23 to 25 for which tender process had almost come to an end.
Since the learned Advocate General is concerned with the issue of tender in respect of which the processing is stated to be now completed and they are awaiting the award, we propose to take up the matter urgently so that the said aspect can also be examined in detail and other larger issues may be considered subsequently," the Judges said.
The Corporation in its counter admitted that concrete roads were better compared to tar roads as they have a longer life span with lower maintenance. It stated that conversion of bitumen roads into concrete roads was to be taken up in a phased manner.
The counter further said its immediate concern was to award the tender in view of the GIM as relaying arterial and main roads was required to be taken up urgently.