Shimla. Jul 15
Himachal Pradesh High Court issued notice to state chief Secretary and Public WorkDepartment as proper road connectivity could not be provided to Bharmnoli village of Rohru subdivision. The village awaits this development even after 70 yrs of the maiden visit by Indian First Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, here.
A Division Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Ravi Malimath and Justice Jyotsna Rewal Dua passed these orders on a petition filed by one Arpit Sharma of Village Bhamnoli, Tehsil Rohru of District Shimla , which was taken up suo moto by the Court as Public Interest Litigation.
Court issued notices to the Chief Secretary, Secretary(PWD), Deputy Commissioner, Shimla and the Executive Engineer, HPPWD, Rohru Division, District Shimla in the PIL alleging inaction of the State towards maintenance and repair of this 70 years old Ganasidhar to Sungri Road, in Rohru, District Shimla.The road is stated to be the lifeline of this area.
The petitioner has alleged that most of the people in his area are involved in horticulture activities and the Ganasidhar to Sungri Road is their lifeline which connects them to the nearby markets for sale of produce. It has been alleged in the petition that the condition of this road, upon which the livelihood, agricultural and tourism activities of the people is dependent, is very pathetic since many years and from time to time the surrounding panchayats have demanded for maintenance of this route but no heed has been paid to their requests.
The petitioner has also alleged that the importance of this road can be evaluated from the fact that first Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru also visited this place and the first and only Home Minister of H.P., Pandit Padam Dev also belonged to this area.
The petitioner has prayed that the authorities concerned may be directed to repair and properly maintain the said road. The Court directed the respondents to file their reply within a period of four weeks and posted the matter after four weeks.