Re-location of Dak Banglow Khanabal cab stand | HC directs Govt to ensure rehabilitation of cab drivers

The High Court Monday asked the government to consider renewal of the registration of Sumo Taxi Stand at Dak Banglow Khanabal and ensure rehabilitation of the association at the place identified for re-location of the stand. Pointing out that the petitioners due to re-location should not suffer, the court directed the authorities to ensure plying of the vehicles from the cab stand as identified by the government.

The Taxi Stand Khanabal through counsel Momin Khan had approached the court and sought to prohibit the government from dispossessing its stand situated at Khanabal Anantnag.

They were also seeking direction for issuing no objection certificates in their favour so that the registration of the cab stand was renewed for further period.

The association also sought direction to allow it to use and occupy the land situated at Khanabal Anantnag where from they were currently running the stand without any interruption.

On behalf of the association, Khan submitted that failure of the authorities concerned to renew the running of Taxi Stand Dak Banglow, Anantnag, had violated the rights of the petitioner’s association guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution of India as it affects the livelihood of the petitioners’ association and their families.

AAG Bashir Ahmad Dar said that there were reasons with the respondents to re-locate the stand at a distance of 200 metres from the present place and the renewal of registration would be considered for re-located place.

He submitted that the security of the place cannot be compromised and the association had to shift to the identified place on Anantnag-Srinagar road about 200 meters from the present location.

He said that it was being developed and readied to rehabilitate the taxi drivers.

“While taking care of the security of J&K, and law and order problem also has to be ensured while re-location and rehabilitation of the petitioners association is to be taken care of. So, there is no issue of defeating the cause of justice and rights of petitioners association,” the court said.