Saturday, September 21, 2013
Considering pollution free vicinity for city beautiful, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday made it clear that it was in favour of expansion of non-motorised transport system in Chandigarh.
The court's observations came during the hearing of a petition on the running of eco cabs in the city. A division bench of High Court asked UT chief architect and Chandigarh Municipal Corporation to hold meeting with Navdeep Asija, instrumental in designing and introducing the eco cabs in Fazilka. The High Court has also asked the civic authorities to put a status report on the introduction of eco cabs and non-motorized transport system in the city. The case now would come up for next hearing on October 25.
During a hearing on March 2 last year, the High Court division bench had also favoured for making Sector 17 a vehicle free zone to solve the chaotic situation here especially after 4 pm. The bench had also suggested making some parts of each Sector vehicle free zones on rotational basis. The administration could start from Sector 16, where VIPs including bureaucrats and judges live.
Later, in a bid to comply with the High Court directions the civic body constructed pedestrian paths between three parking lots in Sector 17. These parking lots connected with raised 10-feet wide pedestrian paths for shoppers to walk across the plaza, by crossing the parking lots.