HC issues notice to Centre over lack of permanent railings on NH-64

The Punjab and Haryana High Court, on Monday, issued notice of motion to the Union of India and others on a petition seeking construction of permanent railing on the bridges falling under National Highway- 64 and on the Chandigarh-Patiala highway.

NH-64 connects Chandigarh to Dabwali.

While acting on a petition filed by Narinder Kumar Shasri, a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain issued the notice of motion for January 14.

The petitioner had sought directions to the respondents - the central government, National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), Punjab government, deputy commissioner, Patiala and sub-divisional magistrate Rajpura - to place reflectors and follow proper safety norms at the above mentioned national highways.

The court was apprised that on the Patiala-Chandigarh road the railings had been broken for the past few months, but instead of constructing railings, the authorities have put sand bags with ribbons on them.

He highlighted that he met various authorities, but to no effect. As winters have arrived it can be risky for the people who ply on these highways and can also lead to various accidents.

The petitioner alleged that the authorities are violating the guidelines meant to ensure safety on the national highways.

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