Mumbai Roads: The Bombay High Court has commented on the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) regarding the roads of Mumbai . The court said that the BMC should spend money for the good of the public and do something for the citizens regarding potholed roads in the city. During this, Chief Justice of Bombay High Court Dipankar Dutta said that the condition of the roads outside my house is also bad.
The High Court was hearing petitions on the condition of roads in Maharashtra and at several places in Mumbai and regarding rising cases of deaths due to potholed roads. During this, a division bench of Justice Dipankar Dutta and Justice Madhav Jamdar said that we want BMC Commissioner Iqbal Chahal Mr Chahal to come and meet us on some day next week as per his convenience. Till then, he will have to get the survey work of 20 worst roads of Mumbai done through his officers.
Was refused hearing in 2020: During this, Justice Dutta said that in 2020 when he came here after his appointment as the Chief Justice. Then he had refused to hear a petition on similar issues. He said, “At that time I refused to be heard saying that the condition of the roads in Mumbai is still relatively good. But now after two years things have changed.”
The condition outside my house is also bad: Justice Dipankar Dutta further said, ‘I do not roam much in Mumbai like other people, but you see the condition of the road in front of my house (in South Mumbai). There are many VIPs living there. I do not say that come and correct the road outside my house. The court said that judges are also citizens and the BMC should do something for all citizens.
In 2018, the Bombay High Court had passed a detailed judgment after considering the suggestions of lawyers and other interventionists. A year later, Mumbai-based lawyer and individual petitioner, Ruju Thakkar, approached the High Court alleging failure of the civic authorities to implement the High Court orders of February-April 2018. Thakkar said in the hearing on Thursday (September 22) that even four years after the order was passed, the authorities failed to take any steps to comply with it.