Alleging that UT officials have failed to comply with orders passed by a lower court to control cattle menace,on September 21 last year,a contempt petition was filed against six UT top officers in a lower court,on Tuesday. The officers have been summoned by the lower court on May 30 to explain their failure to control the cattle menace on city roads.
Advocate Pankaj Chandgothia told Chandigarh Newsline,I had moved a petition in the lower court in November 2011 regarding menace of stray cattle,street urchins,beggars,vendors and illegal hoardings. The court of TPS Randhawa had passed an interim order that the Deputy Commissioner (DC),Municipal Commissioner,Mayor,SP (traffic),Additional Commissioner-II of MC and the Superintendent Engineer (roads) of the MCC must take required measures to curb the menace.
After their failure to do so,Chandgothia moved a contempt petition claiming,…the death of a motorcyclist,Harpreet Singh,a resident of Sector 45,on the night of April 6,after colliding with a stray cattle is proof that authorities have not solved the problem.
The widow of the deceased also filed a police complaint naming the Mayor Subhash Chawla and Municipal Commissioner for their negligence as cause of Harpreets death, he added.
The petitioner said: The Municipal Corporation and the UT Administration have failed to ensure safe roads. The life and property of the citizens is at risk due to their inaction.
Chandgothia also sought directions to frame a compensation policy for victims of road accidents caused due to dereliction of duty and negligence by the UT officers.