Within a week after the state government turned down Shimla Municipal Commission’s proposal to run golf carts, a battery operated vehicles, on Shimla roads, Mayor Sanjay Chauhan and Deputy Mayor Tikender Panwar have knocked the High Court’s doors seeking its intervention in the matter.
A division bench of the High Court comprising Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan on Wednesday issued notice to the state government seeking reasons for not allowing the golf carts, for which the Municipal Corporation had already done trial runs. The court has asked the state government to reply by September 30.
In the petition, Sanjay Chauhan and Tikender Panwar alleged that the state had denied the plying of golf carts in Shimla city without giving convincing reasons despite the fact that such vehicles are environment friendly and could be run on the sealed and restricted roads in the larger public interest.
The proposal was rejected by the Director, Transport simply on the ground that the golf carts were not approved by Automotive Research Association of India under Rule-126 of Central motor vehicles Rules, 1889. The Municipal Corporation was also told that the golf carts can only be plied within enclosed premises and public roads could not be considered as enclosed premises.
The petitioners also stated that battery operated vehicle are environment friendly.