Lack of funds cannot be a valid ground for the State to escape from its duty to maintain public roads: Delhi High Court

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court directed the state government to properly maintain the roads. Today observed that lack of funds cannot be a valid ground for the State to escape from its duty to maintain public roads, as the same pertains to the Fundamental Rights of the citizens.

A Division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Sachin Datta was hearing public interest litigation filed by Jan Kalyan Vikas Samiti for the construction of roads.

Earlier, the High Court had disposed of the writ petition filed by the organization with a direction to the authorities concerned to consider the grievance as a representation. Justice Sanghi remarked, “This cannot be valid ground as Fundamental Rights of people are involved.

In our view that can’t be the reason for non-repair of roads in question as it involves Fundamental Rights of citizens,” the Bench said in its order.

It issued notice on the petition and directed the Respondents to proceed to execute the work by making financial arrangements and file a status report in that regard by November 22.

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