The Madhya Pradesh high court has directed the National Highway Authority of India’s Bhopal regional officer to furnish details of steps it has proposed to make state roads motorable.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) regional officer is directed to file the affidavit by December 21.
A bunch of petitions are filed mentioning the bad shape of national highways in the state. The court’s directive came after the petitioners claimed the compliance report filed by the NHAI does not depict the correct picture of the road routes in Madhya Pradesh, particularly the Jabalpur–Nagpur and Jabalpur–Rewa segments of national highway number 7 (NH-7).
A division bench of acting chief justice Rajendra Menon and justice AK Joshi said: “Many of the national highways in the state are in such condition that driving and motoring on them, particularly after the monsoon season, becomes impossible.”
“The NHAI is anxious to file reports and indicating that they are taking action but has not produced any concrete plan before this court about what steps they are going to take and within what time the roads will be constructed,” the bench said.
The court said it would consider summoning the NHAI chairman if a proper affidavit is not filed by the next date of hearing.