Friday, December 23, 2011

Court pulls up Corporation

by Special Correspondent

Roads not repaired in the time limit fixed by the court.

The Kerala High Court on Monday orally criticized the Kochi Corporation for not repairing roads within the time limit fixed by the court.

Justice Haroon Ul Rashid said Kochi Corporation would have to face consequences for asking more and more time to complete the work. The court made the oral observation when the petition seeking to extend the time for repairing the roads filed by the PWD and the Kochi Corporation came up before it.

The Public Works Department (PWD) sought more time to complete road repair work in view of the expiry of an earlier deadline set by the court.

The court declined to give extension of time and directed the PWD and the Corporation to complete the road works at the earliest.

The court had also asked Kochi Corporation to complete the repair work by December 15. In an affidavit, the PWD sought to extend the time till December 30. It had said that the repair works could not be completed as planned due to rains in November. The PWD had pointed out that 92 per cent of the repair work had been completed and the rest of the work could be completed only by December 30.

The court had directed the PWD and the Kochi Corporation to undertake road repairs when a writ petition filed by C. P. Ajit Kumar came up for hearing.

The government had submitted that it had drawn up a detailed plan for road maintenance. It submitted that disciplinary action would be taken against those officials responsible for the delay in repairing roads. The government had submitted that repair and maintenance work of roads would be completed by November 30.

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