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Clarification sought from state on highway denotification: Centre


BENGALURU: The Centre has written to the state government seeking clarifications on the latter’s request for denotification/omission of different sections of national highways passing through the city/town limits, the high court was told.

Prabhuling K Navadagi, additional solicitor general(ASG), appearing for the Centre, informed the court that two communications have been addressed to the additional chief secretary, PWD, by the ministry of road transport and highways in response to the June 15, 2017 request sent by the state.

The submission was made when Justice Vineet Kothari was hearing petitions filed by bars and restaurants alleging that though NH-4 and NH-7 have been bypassed by developing the ring road in Bengaluru city limits, in the absence of any appropriate notification denotifying these stretches, their licences are not being renewed. The Supreme Court had banned sale of liquor next to highways.

In the communications dated July 24 and 25, the Centre has noted that many stretches are 0.5 km to 2-3 km-long and if they are denotified without there being adequately developed and maintained alternative bypasses, it would lead to discontinuity of NH alignments. The Centre has asked the state to furnish an undertaking that the latter would ensure that all stretches sought to be denotified will be kept in traffic worthy condition. The state has also been asked to furnish details of sections of NHs which have been bypassed for construction of bypass/ring road , through funding either by the ministry or by the state and also, whether such roads conform at least two-lane standards. Justice Kothari adjourned the hearing on the petitions filed by bar owners to August 3 to await the response of the state. The judge has also asked the parties to furnish a compilation of the latest orders of the Supreme Court in the aftermath of December 15, 2016 order banning sale of liquor in either side of national highways.

Admission panel moves HC The Admission Overseeing Committee headed by retired judge Justice Anand Byrareddy moved the high court seeking a direction to Karnataka Unaided Private Engineering Colleges Association and Comed-K to conduct counselling for vacated engineering seats. After two rounds of counselling for engineering conducted by the KEA, the remaining seats were sent to Comed-K for counselling and a large number of students who secured seats in the KEA counselling had surrendered their seats after getting seats in IITs and medical courses. Such vacated seats are to be offered to merited students under Comed-K counselling.

Since they closed their counselling on July 19, the committee’s intervention was sought and a communication was addressed to both the associations to hold the 2nd round of counselling and the same is not being implemented, the petitioner has said.

Source: Times of India

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