Friday, April 23, 2010

Consider vehicle-free zone in Amritsar: HC

Justice Rajive Bhalla of the High Court has asked the Amritsar Municipal Corporation to consider the possibility of declaring the area around Harmandar Sahib, Durgiana Mandir and Jallianwala Bagh as a vehicle- free zone.

The directions were issued when during the proceedings of a contempt petition, peti- tioner and advocate Ajay Singh stated that vehicles should not be allowed to ply in the walled city, particularly in the area surrounding these significant landmarks, which were situ- ated in crowded localities.

Justice Bhalla issued direc- tions for impleading the Amritsar MC Commissioner as a party and directed to explore the feasibility of allow- ing only rickshaws and resi- dents of the area could be grant- ed vehicle permits.

Ajay Singh also pointed out that accidents on the Kurali- Kharar-S.A.S. Nagar road had caused four deaths during the past week but the police were conspicuous by their absence on these roads.

IG R.P. Singh submitted an affidavit that 65 patrol vehicles, 26 cranes and recovery vans and 18 ambu- lances had been deployed on state and national highways in the state.

Justice Bhalla has directed Punjab Police to file a detailed affidavit giving details about location of these vehicles and whether ambulances were manned by doctors or para- medics.

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