The Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court has asked Municipal Commissioner Abhijit Bangar to resubmit the detailed information of the roads and the names of contractors and authorities associated with the road’s construction. Previously the HC had asked Bangar and Bhushan Kumar Upadhyay, Commissioner of Police (CP) to name the contractors who have been booked under an FIR for the mishaps in the city due to potholes.
The HC has declared that the examination of this case will be under section 482 of the Code of Criminal procedure (CrPC) as they need to study the authorities who are responsible for the city’s poor road condition. This judgment was done on Tuesday under the division of Z. A Haq and Pushpa Ganediwala. The judges have directed Bangar to file affidavits in the issue of criminal liability of the concerned person.
According to the suo motu no 838 of 2019, the court has started taking this matter seriously after various city newspapers have reported many accidents due to potholes and under-construction roads. Also, the total length of roads within the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) limits is of 2201.19 kms. Apart from this the city holds various roads which fall under the jurisdiction of other authorities. National Highway Authority of India holds over 29.80 kms and the State Highway Authority has Jurisdiction over 6.70 kms of roads, also PWD has jurisdiction of over 84.43 kms which also includes 41 kms of inner ring road.
From April 1 to August 31, 28 accidents have occurred in various parts of city during which one person had even died and 27 sustained injuries. During this period total, 420 road accidents have taken place as per the survey conducted by the city police.
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