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Division Bench of High Court orders setting up of expert committee to examine causes of increasing road accidents in J&K

Last Updated on December 7, 2023 at 6:10 pm

A Division Bench of the High Court of J&K and Ladakh at Jammu comprising the Chief Justice N. Kotiswar Singh and Justice Moksha Khajuria Kazmi while taking serious note of frequent road accidents at Mughal Road, Batote-Doda-Kishtwar stretch and Ramban directed the Constitution of an Expert Committee  consisting of a Professor from IIT Jammu having expertise in Road Safety, an Engineer to be nominated by the Chief Engineer SAMPARK, an Executive Engineer to be nominated by the Chief Engineer PWD(R&B), Jammu and Prof.(Dr.) G.M. Bhat- Former HOD of the Department of Geology, University of Jammu who is an acclaimed Expert in Land Slides on National Highways.

The Division Bench further directed that Divisional Commissioner, Jammu who is already appointed as Nodal Officer in this PIL will coordinate the functioning of the Expert Committee. The Expert Committee has been directed to visit and inspect NH-44, NH-244 & Mughal Road and to ascertain the causes and reasons for frequent road accidents. 

These significant directions were issued on three PILs filed by Intikhab Ahmed Qazi, Bar Association Doda and Asif Iqbal Bhat highlighting frequent Road Accidents and Dance of Death in Pir Panchal and Chenab Region. 

Advocate Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed, Syed Asim Hashmi, Rahul Raina, Supriya Chouhan, M. Zulkarnain Chowdhary, Suraj Singh, Syed Majid Shah and Adnan Mushtaq Jaral appeared for the petitioners whereas Advocate Vishal Sharma, DSGI and Sr. AAG S. S. Nanda appeared for U.O.I and Govt. of J&K.

The Expert Committee has been directed to submit its report by or before the first week of February, 2024. The PIL will come up for further proceedings on February 13th, 2024.