Indore bench of MP High Court on Tuesday summoned secretary of Narmada Valley Development Department (NVDD) to be present in person and explain about the status and reasons for delay in the projects being under taken in Omkareshwar and Indira Sagar Project.
Listening to the petitions filed by different organisations, bench of Chief Justice Ajay M Khanwilkar and Justice Shantanu Kemkar asked the state counsel about the status of projects.
One of the aide of the petitioners Meera told dna that the state counsel informed them that only 5% of the work is left on the right bank and 20% on left bank.
“Our counsel raised objection to the claims regarding status of the work and explained to the court that only digging of the land has been done for the canals and lots of work is pending,” said Meera.
Meera said their counsel informed the court that the canals have not been connected to the main network, the compounding area development plan has not been completed and there is no water in the canals etc.
Not satisfied by the status of work as explained by the state counsel, the court issued directions to the secretary of NVDD to be present in person in the court and explain about the status of the work and obstructions in the work in the next hearing.
The court also said that the work should be completed as per rules and all other issues will also be considered. The next hearing of the case will be held on Wednesday.
State govt ask to file affidavit till Jan 30: While hearing a PIL regarding to restart the operation of MP State Road Transport Corporation buses, the Indore bench of MP High Court directed the state government to file a reply with an affidavit on the next hearing on January 13, 2014.
The PIL has been filed by Mukesh, a farmer of Padhana village in Sarangpur tehsil of Rajgarh district through his advocate Manish Vijayvargiya. He said that the bench of Chief Justice Ajay M Khanwilkar and Justice Shantanu Kemkar directed the state government to file the reply. The petitioner said that state government had stopped the operation of buses by MPSRTC on February 18, 2005. Since then the private bus operators are plying buses on national highways, state highways and different routes linking rural and urban areas of the district.
The number of buses operated by the private operators is insufficient and the passengers are exploited by these operators whose sole objective is to earn profit.
The buses do not run according to the time table, passengers are forced to change the buses enroute. Passengers are ill treated on many occasions and accidents occur due to competition among the operators. Besides this these private operators very often go on strike.
According to the section 38 of the Act, approval from Union government is needed for closing state road transport corporation. However, from sources it had been found that union government has not approved the proposal of the state government to close MPSRTC and had turned down the proposal twice. The state government had stated losses in operation of buses as reason for closure.
Petitioners counsel meera say
Canals have not been connected to main network, compounding area development plan has not been completed & there is no water in canals.
The state counsel informed them that only 5% of the work is left on the right bank and 20% on left bank.