BRTS issue: Ball in Chief Justice’s court

Indore : The double bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court could not decide whether four- wheelers should ply in the BRTS corridor or not.

One judge recommended for status quo while the other said that only i- bus should be allowed to run in the dedicated lane.

Now the ball is in the Chief Justice of the HCs’ court.

The HC in its order dated October 1, 2013 had quashed the notification of district administration which had banned entry of any vehicles except the i- bus in the dedicated bus lane on the BRTS corridor, but the court allowed the entry of four- wheelers inside the lane as social activist Kishor Kodwani challenged the move through a petition.

Kodwani had highlighted several irregularities in the corridor project and said that it’s not implemented in the right earnest.

Just four days after the court order, Atal Indore City Transport System Ltd ( AICTSL), which runs the ibus, had filed a review petition against the HC order on the basis of the expert committee report. The expert committee, formed on the directives of HC, had pointed several loopholes in the BRTS project and recommended to make corridor exclusive for i- bus and emergency services.

Kdowani said after one year of argument court has come up with split verdict.

The double bench comprising Justice PK Jaiswal and Prakash Shrivastav has given different orders. One justice in his order has rejected the argument of AICTSL about increase in number of accidents and was in favour of maintaining the status quo and continues to allow the entry of four- wheelers inside the corridor. While another justice in his order favoured making BRTS corridor exclusive for i- bus and ban the entry of four- wheelers to check the number of accidents.

Kodwani said now the Chief Justice will have to take the final decision or he may constitute a bigger bench to hear the case. Till then there will be no change in the status of corridor and entry of four- wheelers inside the corridor.

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