Hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) Rajasthan High Court has put an interim stop on proposed elevated road in Udaipur. The High Court has issued a notice to National Highway Authority of India, Collector of Udaipur and others in this regard.
Two member bench of Chief Justice, Rajasthan High Court, Pradeep Nandrjog along with Justice Vineet Mathur head the PIL and issued a notice to NHAI, PWD, Udaipur Collector and others seeking a response till 30-July.
The interim order has come in case of PIL filed by Om Prakash Khatri and others. Representing the applicants, Senior advocate M S Singhvi, Sanjay Mathur and Akhilesh Rajpurohit said that regulations and provisions related to road crossing have been overlooked in the proposed flyover at Udiapole and the elevated road. They also alleged that the design of the proposed flyover has technical faults and raises severe issues related to public security. They also said that there is no provision of a foot-path on the elevated road and the service lane is too narrow. Hence, they said that the proposed flyover and elevated road should not be allowed in its current format.
Readers may note that 1.65 km long elevated road has been proposed from Udiapole to Court Circle at an estimated cost of Rs 130 Crores. The elevated road is expected to be completed by 2021. The proposed elevated road has 4 sharp curves between Udiapole and Court Circle. In a report presented in Feb 2017, even NHAI had raised concerns about utility/benefit of this road.