The Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the Punjab government to make adequate arrangements for the pedestrian safety and smooth flow of traffic on the underconstruction Zirakpur-Patiala highway.
The direction came from the high court bench of justice Rajive Bhalla after Punjab additional advocate general Rajinder Goyal told the court that the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) had conveyed to the government that the work on the six-laning of the ZirakpurPatiala national highway would be completed by March 2017.
Goyal told the high court that a meeting of Punjab public works department (PWD) and NHAI official was held recently in which deadlines for various work projects, including the ZirakpurPanchkula and Zirakpur-Patiala highways were discussed. The six-laning project was awarded in August-September this year with a deadline of 18 months.
Following the submissions, the high court directed the government to take steps for pedestrian safety and smooth movement of vehicles on the highway. The government was directed to install signboards and deploy traffic marshals so the people were not harassed while the construction work was on.
The high court bench was hearing a contempt of court petition initiated on traffic related issues of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. The government told the court that the NHAI would soon start the work on service lanes and drainage system on the Panchkula-Zirakpur national highway.
The government’s response came following the high court direction on October 16 asking it to explain as to why the six-laning of the Zirakpur-Patiala highway, particularly in Zirakpur, had come to standstill.