Jangpura FOB delayed, HC issues notices

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the Chief Secretary of the Delhi government, the Transport Commissioner and the general manager of Delhi Integrated Multi-Model Transport System (DIMTS) to explain why they have not constructed a foot overbridge near the Jangpura Metro station within the stipulated time period.

Justice Rajiv Shakhder directed the respondents to file a counter-affidavit within four weeks and a rejoinder, if any, within two weeks. In April, a division bench of the court had given the government six months to construct the foot overbridge.

The court's deadline came on a PIL filed by the Jangpura Residents' Welfare Association, seeking direction to build the bridge as residents of nearby colonies face the risk of accidents while crossing Lala Lajpat Rai Marg.

In a fresh petition, the welfare association told the court that they had tried following up with the Transport department as work on the bridge had not started despite the High Court order. They said the department had set the deadline for its construction to July 2013.

The petition further asked for contempt proceedings to be initiated against the respondents and for exemplary costs to be imposed upon them should they not complete construction of the bridge by October 24.

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