HC seeks details of steps taken to fill potholes


A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Wednesday directed the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), the Public Works Department, Kochi Corporation and the Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) to inform it on June 16 about the steps taken to fill potholes on the roads in the city and the action taken to stop parking on footpaths and cover the drains.

The Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan and Justice A.M. Shaffique issued the order on a public interest writ petition filed by Roshan Jacob Oommen, a lawyer. He pointed out that in the incessant rain, roads in the city get flooded because of the potholes. It is very difficult for vehicles to ply on these roads. The pedestrians are at risk because most of the manholes have not been covered properly. Some of the manholes have been covered even with plastic sheets. Besides, vehicles are being parked illegally on the footpaths. The police did not take any action in such cases, the petitioner said.

The petitioner pointed out that even the construction of the footpaths was done in a negligent manner. Some shop owners have laid tiles on footpaths and are using them as parking space for their customers. Moreover, the waste, scooped out of the drains during the cleaning operations, has been kept by the side of the roads. This waste flows back to the drains when it rains. The pedestrians in the city are made to walk in such an unhygienic condition.

The petitioner also pleaded for a directive to the police to clear off the footpaths and take action against those who park vehicles on the footpaths.

Some shop owners have laid tiles on footpaths and are using them as parking space for their customers.

Roshan Jacob Oommen


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