HC orders restoration of broken footpaths on a war footing

The Kerala High Court on Monday observed that pedestrians struggling  to walk on footpaths had become a common sight.

Published: 21st June 2016 03:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st June 2016 03:49 AM   |  A+A-

KOCHI: Expressing concern over the inordinate  delay in repairing damaged footpaths in the city, the Kerala High Court on Monday observed that pedestrians struggling  to walk on footpaths had become a common sight. The court observed that many roads were dug up immediately after building them, for laying cables and  pipelines. “Dancing’ pedestrians have become a common sight on various streets. Similar is the fate of  those who try to walk along the broken slabs laid over drains.

While ‘hop-step-and-jump and triple jump’ are easy tasks for sportspersons, it  would be a challenge for the elderly who are denied safety on the streets of Kochi,” held the court. A Division Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Thottathil B  Radhakrishnan and Justice Anu Sivaraman also directed the District Collector to convene a meeting  of all stakeholders and formulate a programme to carry out repair works on a war-footing. The court also cautioned that it  would be forced to constitute a committee consisting of persons who had held top positions in the  GCDA, if the authorities failed to come up with a solution. “It is absolutely necessary that potholes on footpaths and roads be repaired on a war-footing,” held the court, and directed the District  Collector to address all the issues, including parking of vehicles on walkways, at the meeting.

HC orders.jpgThe Collector has also been asked to file an affidavit on or before July 1. The court passed the order on a  petition filed by High  ourt lawyer Roshan Jacob Oommen, citing failure of the authorities to cover open drains and to repair potholes on footpaths  and roads. The court directed that views of the GCDA, Corporation and PWD be placed on record through  the affidavit to be filed by the Collector. The GCDA submitted that work was being carried on the Kaloor- Kadavanthra road, which is under its direct management, to repair the damage  caused by cable-lying.  


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