Himachal HC summons firm building World Bank-funded road

Shimla, Aug 31 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Monday directed officials of a private company engaged in building a World Bank-funded road in Shimla’s prominent apple belt, to appear in court on September 8 over its failure to achieve milestones in the construction.

The court directed Chadha and Chadha Construction Company to comply with the directions passed by the court time-to-time in this matter.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan passed the orders on a public suit on the delay in constructing the Theog-Hatkoti-Rohru road.

The court also directed the state government to file response to the suggestions made by the court-appointed two-member committee in terms of the latest report submitted by it.

In December last year, the bench took suo motu cognizance and treated the petition as a public suit but excluded the petitioner – Narender Bragta, horticulture minister in the previous BJP government – from the case as he was a former minister.

The petition sought directions to the state government to complete the construction of the 80-km long Theog-Kotkhai-Hatkoti-Rohru stretch efficiently and properly within the stipulated time-frame before June 1, 2016.


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