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Court summons PWD official over road complaint

A Delhi government joint secretary has been summoned by a local court to clarify who is the final authority to take note of the pitiable state of the city’s roads and mend them.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 13, 2012 1:51 am

A Delhi government joint secretary has been summoned by a local court to clarify who is the final authority to take note of the pitiable state of the city’s roads and mend them. The official has been directed to appear in court on Friday.

“Let the joint secretary,Public Works Department,the government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi be called to appear in person on April 13,” said Senior Civil Judge Ajay Goel,issuing summons to the official on a plea by city residents complaining against pot-holed roads in the city.

The court issued the summons on a complaint by Central Delhi resident Bhagwan Singh Rathore against the Delhi Lieutenant Governor and its PWD for their failure to ensure proper condition of roads in his immediate neighbourhood. The court summoned the high-ranking official after its earlier notice to the PWD went unnoticed.

Rathore had moved the court saying he had been driving on an uneven stretch of road from Buddha Jayanti Park (Vande Mataram Marg) to Inter State Bus terminus,Kashmere Gate for over a year.

In his complaint,Rathore said “A main road starting from Buddha Jayanti Park (Vande Mataram Marg) up to Inter State Bus Terminus,Kashmere Gate is not only badly damaged but is also in bad,rough and shabby condition with multiple pits and ditches. The stretch has been in the deplorable condition for over an year now.”

Rathore also sought the court’s direction to the relevant authorities to pay him a compensation of Rs 20,000 for damages suffered by his car while negotiating that stretch of road.

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