Chandigarh: The de-notification of the state highways was challenged in the Punjab and Haryana High Court by Harman Singh Sidhu on Friday. Admitting the petition, the HC has summoned the records of the de-notification by issuing a notice to the UT Administration slated for March 18.
Harman Singh Sidhu of ArriveSafe NGO, finds the de-notification of the state highways as a process of defeating the Supreme Court’s orders. He challenged the notification in the court of Justice Rajesh Bindal which, after admitting the petition, issued notice to the Administration.
The UT on Thursday had de-notified the state highways intodistrict highways barring two roads, Madhya Marg and Dakshin Marg, which was already NH-21. The de-notification of roads saves a major chunk of revenue collected by the UT amounting to approximately Rs 324 crore. The HC in its notice to the UT has summoned all record files pertaining to notification and de-notification of the state highways in the city.
Fate of 22 liquor vends hangs in balance
The fate of 22-odd liquor vends hangs in the balance after the UT Administration de-notified the state highways.
Changing the nomenclature to district highways, barring Madhya Marg, the UT Excise Department is now mulling to re-allocate 22-odd liquor vends falling on Madhya Marg.
The UT Administration is yet to decide on the forming of the new excise policy as to where these 22 liquor vends be located. The Excise Department is poised to announce the auction of all the 99 vends by March 25, including these 22 vends, so as to fetch Rs 326 crore revenue.
After living in the city for decades and being a member of road safety councils and committees, I came to know through the media that all sector dividing roads of the city are state highways.
Ironically, the UT of Chandigarh went in an overdrive to de-notify these roads, apparently with one aim to dodge the Supreme Court orders. It’s sad that my own city took the lead in defeating the court orders instead of honouring them. Other states, especially Goa, Telengana, Andhra and Kerala, had been waiting for this and intend to do the same. He said he was pained to move the Supreme Court against Chandigarh. The bench of Justice Rajesh Bindal has ordered the UT of Chandigarh to bring all documents pertaining to notification and subsequent de-notification of state highways.
Harman Sidhu, ArriveSafe NGO
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