The High Court on Wednesday asked the Inspector General of Police Traffic to provide details of fines imposed on the persons using mobile phones while driving and the ones who were not using safety belts. Hearing a Public Interest Litigation seeking to regulate traffic movement in Srinagar, a division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rashid Ali Dar issued the directions after it observed that the records would show traffic rules are being violated with impunity.
The road users, the court said, are not following thetraffic rules. The court directed thegovernment to take all measures to ensure safety of passengers and safety ofthe school going children.
The court asked thedivisional manager of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Deputy CommissionerSrinagar to hold a meeting to identify the feasibility of space in Srinagarwhich could be used for setting up of CNG and LPG dispensers. The direction came after attention of thecourt was drawn to an order it had issued on 27 October 2005 whereby theauthorities were directed to take immediate steps for setting up CNG stationsin Srinagar and Jammu cities. The courtsaid the status report filed by Deputy Commissioner Srinagar on 21 Februarythis year indicated that setting up of dispenser at Srinagar city has beenrejected by him.
With regard to life of vehicles the court asked the partiesto place on record the directions which have been made by the SC as well asNational Tribunal. After its attention was drawn towards the issue that over a period of timethere are no markings on the speed breakers within the boundaries of Srinagar,the court said it was certainly a serious matter. Meanwhile, the court directed the SMC toplace on record statutory provisions, rules, regulations and bylaws regardingthe optimal height at which pavements are to be constructed. The SMC, the court said, it should be ensuredthat approach provision be made so that the pavements are made accessible tothe persons with special needs. Advocate Ateeb Kant assisted the court asamicus curiae.