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HC notice to UT DC, MC for not reviving rickshaw stands

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, March 22, 2013
First Published: 20:10 IST(22/3/2013) | Last Updated: 20:17 IST(22/3/2013)

The Punjab and Haryana high court has issued show-cause notice to the Chandigarh deputy commissioner (DC) and municipal commissioner as to why contempt of court proceedings should not be initiated against them for not demarcating and reviving rickshaw stands in the city despite repeated court directions.

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A special division bench comprising justice Surya Kant and justice Ajay Tewari on Friday issued the notices when it came to know that the Chandigarh authorities had failed to comply with the court orders and were passing the buck on each other.

The court was hearing a case pertaining to the introduction of eco-friendly cycle rickshaws and designating vehicle-free zones in Punjab, Haryana and UT.

Earlier on November 2, 2012, the court had directed the chief architect of Chandigarh to designate proper parking space for rickshaws in every sector.

The court had said it was interested in how to popularise non-polluting vehicles and also proper parking for them which would reduce traffic chaos and accidents on roads.

Whereas during the hearing of the case, the court was informed that chief architect Sumit Kaur had written a letter to the DC seeking details of demarcated rickshaw stands in the city but her letter had not received any reply till date and thus rickshaw parking places all over the city had not been specified.

Appearing for the Chandigarh administration, senior standing counsel Sanjay Kaushal informed the court that the administration was mulling levying congestion charges on vehicles in various parkings in the city.

Kaushal further reiterated that parking problem cannot be solved in the city and the ultimate option was to use the public transport system. He also informed the court that very soon the administration would also put its master plan on the website to invite objections from the city residents.

However, amicus curiae (friend of court) advocate Rita Kohli submitted that the administration had failed to properly utilise its existing resources to ensure proper parking space for vehicles, where thousands of vehicles could be parked.

The case would now come up for hearing on May 3.

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