STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Govt must ensure laws related to footpaths are implemented: HC

Published: 22nd April 2021 06:35 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd April 2021 06:35 AM   |  A+A-

Motorists parking their vehicles on the footpath, and obstructing pendestrians is a common sight in Bengaluru | Express

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: Observing that laws relating to footpaths and public streets are rarely effectively implemented in the state, the Karnataka High Court on Wednesday said that it is the duty of the State Government to ensure that penal provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, Rules, Regulations framed under the Act and IPC are scrupulously implemented and criminal law should be set into motion against offenders who obstruct footpaths, public streets and bicycles tracks, and cause inconvenience to others, by parking vehicles indiscriminately. 

“We hold that it is the duty of the State Government and its instrumentalities to ensure footpaths and public streets are free from obstructions and ensure violation of law is not taken casually and criminal law should be set into motion,” the court said. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Suraj Govindaraj passed the order, while disposing a PIL filed by DS Ramachandra Reddy, seeking directions to protect the rights of footpath users. 

Directing the State Government and BBMP to issue instructions to the concerned authorities to invoke penal provisions and criminal law set into motion against offenders, the court said that the right to have footpaths and roads in reasonable condition is a fundamental right guaranteed under the Constitution. 

Therefore, the State Government should invite the attention of all the authorities about the penal provisions and ensure that those provisions are invoked strictly, otherwise the directions issued will remain on paper, the court added, while directing the government to implement Sections 117, 122, 127 and 207 of the Motor Vehicles Act. 



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp