“Try to imagine the state of mind of the common man who is trying to reach home, or to take a loved one to the hospital in heavy rains. You can’t expect him to remember to be careful of potholes in such a situation, it is not easy. So the best thing is to avoid such circumstances,” the Chief Justice.
The court has now asked the local ward officers in each district to identify all roads in need of repair and inform the secretary of the Maharashtra Legal Services Authority (MLSA) of the same. The Member Secretary, MLSA, in turn will prepare a report on the condition of roads, the need for repair, steps taken by concerned civic bodies and submit the same before the two-member committee.
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On the last hearing on August 3 this year, the High Court had appointed the MLSA member secretary as the nodal officer to receive grievances related to bad roads and potholes from the public and ward officers from across the state.
“It seems only lawyers have problems and not public… the public has no time to bother about the safety of users. We had expected a good response,”
said the Chief Justice referring to the number of complaints received. The court was Wednesday informed that since the last hearing, MLSA has only received 180 complaints from residents.
The Bench directed MLSA to pusblicise the formation of such nodal authority and to encourage the public to share their grievances and complaints of bad roads.
The Chief Justice also said that while the court did not wish to run the administration for the state government, it felt compelled to interfere in cases where the local and administrative authorities failed to discharge their duties. “I personally do not even commute on these roads that are potholed or in need of repair. But I have to take up the cause for the common man. It is the duty and the obligation of the local authorities to repair and maintain roads. But when they fail to discharge this duty, this court feels very unhappy and is forced to interfere,” said the court.
Source- Indian Express