Dissatisfied over the progress made in upgradation of World Bank-funded Theo-Hatkoti-Rohru road, Himachal Pradesh high court on Saturday summoned a USA-based firm consultant for the project as respondents for not performing its job satisfactorily.
A division bench of high court comprising chief justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan passed the orders after hearing the arguments from both sides and the submission of Amicus Curiae, Jyotsna Rewal Dua.
The court ordered all the respondents to file status reports and listed the matter for next hearing on May 18.
Dua said the World Bank report also disclosed that the consultant is not performing properly.
"We deem it proper to arraign the consultant M/s Louis Berger group through its team leader Andrew Boghle as party respondent," she told the court.
The jusitices issued notices to the newly added respondent and sought its appearance and status report about its working.
Refraining from declaring the matter 'custodial legis' (in the custody of law), the court also directed to constitute a committee of two members - retired district and session judge BL Soni and retired chief engineer Arun Sharma.
"The committee members will visit the spot fortnightly and submit their report about the progress of the work and also give suggestions," the court ordered.
Earlier, the government informed that two status reports regarding the progress on the Theog- Hatkoti-Rohru Road have been placed before the court.
Court observed that the status reports are suggestive of the fact that required progress has not been made till the filing of the status reports. "It is also apparent from the record that the respondents are repeatedly taking the stand that the delay in the execution of the work, in question, is due to the bad weather conditions," reads the court order.
The court also took the speech of chief minister Virbhadra Singh, delivered on the floor of the assembly, on record. Singh had expressed his concern about the execution of the work.