SHIMLA----Taking a serious note on the mishap of school bus accident at Jhanjiri, Shimla, the High Court of H.P. today constituted a three-member Committee to examine the causes, which led to the accident, resulting in death of two school children and driver. The Court directed the Committee comprising of Mr.Jaswant Singh, Member of Council of Indian Road Congress, Mr.Rajeev Gupta, Retired Chief General Manager, HRTC and Mr. Satish Sagar, Retired Chief Engineer, HPPWD, Member IRC & State Quality Monitor(SQM), to examine the causes for the recurrence of such accidents, problems created either due to the haphazard parking of vehicles or absence of retaining walls/railings etc.
A Division Bench comprising the Chief Justice V.Ramasubramanian and Justice Anoop Chitkara passed these orders taking suo motu cognizance of the Shimla School bus accident, which occurred on Jhanjiri Road, Shimla, two days ago.
The Court directed that the Committee should focus on availability of infrastructure, steps that can be taken by Government with least financial implication and to suggest ways and means of strengthening the law enforcement so far as traffic is concerned.
The Court said that the Committee is free to receive suggestions from other experts in the field as well as members of the public and directed it to meet at periodic intervals and submit the interim report with regard to the roads in and around Shimla, only within two weeks.
During course of hearing, Shri Shrawan Dogra, Senior Advocate and Amicus Curiae in the matter, submitted suggestions with regard to road management, Traffic management and alternate mode of transportation in and around Shimla and also suggested names of experts, who could be members of a Committee to be constituted for submitting concrete suggestions.
The Court was also of the view that there is no need for Committee of Bureaucrats as Civil Society has to be taken into confidence in matter of such nature and the Committee should be constituted of experts, who know the magnitude of problem, its nature and possible solution.
The Court posted the matter for 17.07.2019.
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