Lawyers practising at Saket and Patiala House courts have joined the chorus demanding scrapping of the controversial Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) stretch from Ambedkar Nagar to Moolchand.
They said they were always late to the courts because they get stuck in the traffic jam-prone corridor. Their plight was brought to the attention of the court by colonel BB Sharan, who filed a PIL demanding either scrapping of the corridor notorious for traffic jams or allowing three- and four-wheelers to ply on it.
The fresh plea comes four months after acting chief justice of the Delhi High Court AK Sikri said judges using the corridor often complained that they were unable to reach the court on time due to traffic congestion.
"The project conceived to boost the traffic flow has proved to be a failure and a nuisance to the motorists.. daily hundreds of vehicles carrying judges and lawyers get stuck in the jam on the stretch," Jagdeep Vats, secretary of New Delhi Bar Association, representing lawyers practising in Patiala House, and Madan Lal, secretary of Saket Court Bar Association, said in letters written to Sharan.
July 5 relief
Spelling relief to lakhs of daily commuters, the Delhi High Court had on July 5 directed the Delhi government to throw open the corridor to all other vehicles. This was after the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) said it helped in smoother flow of traffic.
All motorists can enjoy the liberty till the CRRI, which is carrying out a court-ordered feasibility study of the project, files its final report on July 18 after which the judges will decide whether to scrap the project.
"Let the stretch be re-opened for other vehicles. The transport department is directed to continue the same arrangement which was made during the trial run," a bench headed by acting chief justice AK Sikri and justice RS Endlaw had said.