HC issues notice to government, Army officials on plying vehicles on Mall Road

North Gazette News/Shimla
Himachal High Court on Tuesday issued notice to state government and Army authorities as to how army vehicles were plying on Mall Road.

The Court questioned whether the requisite permits have been issued in terms of the directions issued

by this court. The court directed the state government to file fresh status report as the reports filed are evasive and not in accordance with the mandate of the said directions.

Division bench comprising Chief Justice Mansoor Ahemad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan directed the Chief Secretary, Secretary Urban development, DC,SP, Shimla, Commissioner MC, Shimla, Secretary Vidhan Sabha, MD HRTC to remain present in the court and file fresh status reports indicating the steps taken by them to comply with the directions (supra) in letter and
spirit.

The Division also asked the authorities as to what steps they have taken to implement the mandate of the Shimla Road Users and Pedestrians (Public Safety and Convenience) Act, 2007 Court directed the government to pin point who is/are the officer(s) who had issued the permits in violation of the provisions of the Act and are also directed to cancel all those permits, which have been issued in breach of the mandate of the Act.

The Court expressed its dissatisfaction over affidavit filed by the government on issues of CCTV camera and observed that affidavits filed do disclose that CCTV cameras have not been installed and it has also not been disclosed as to what is the mechanism in place. The concerned authorities to do the needful and report compliance by or before the next date of hearing.

The Court has also directed to furnish details of the police/traffic officers/officials, who are manning the entry points and what actions they have drawn if they have noticed any violation.

The Court also directed to explain how many parking places are in place and how many unauthorized parking are being used.

In addition to the compliance reports, they are directed also to indicate what action they have drawn to ban the said parking places. The list of the parking, which have been misused or which are being issued, be also furnished.

The authorities, which are empowered to issue permits, must ensure that the vehicle belongs to the person in whose name permit has been granted or is to be granted and whether the permit(s) is/are being misused.