Ranchi, July 17: Jharkhand High Court has directed the contractor working on widening the Ranchi-Jamshedpur stretch of NH-33 to file a status report on the work done so far.
A division bench of Justice Aparesh Kumar Singh and Justice B.B. Mangalmurti, that was hearing a PIL initiated suo motu on the poor condition of the road today, asked M/s Madhucon to draw up a detailed bar chart to show the work done and indicate how long it would take them to finish the work.
Madhucon's counsel informed the court that the pace of work was being impeded because of non-availability of raw materials. He also presented a copy of the company's 500-page agreement with the government and National Highways Authority of India to show who was responsible for the supply of raw materials.
The company's counsel also informed the court that there were several encroachments and settlements on the highway stretch.
He pointed to Bundu and Tamar where houses and shops had been built on the road. In Bundu, a school had come up in away that it was hindering road widening work. Moreover, electricity poles had been affixed along the roadside that were adding to the delays.
The high court initiated the PIL in 2015 after media reports pointed to the felling of a large number of trees to execute road widening projects. The court then asked the government for details on the number of trees that had been cut and how these were being disposed of. Later, the court was told about the tardy pace of work on widening the Ranchi-Jamshedpur stretch of NH-33, prompting it to pass several directives to ensure the work was completed soon.
Jharkhand High Court on Monday directed the state government to furnish a supplementary affidavit on the status of construction and upkeep of toilets in government schools. The court while hearing a PIL suo motu was told that though toilets had been made in government schools in some districts, they were often dirty and unfit for use.