HC ask Railways to expedite Ram Jhula project in Nagpur for the benefit of citizens

Nagpur (NGP): The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Friday asked Railways and others when it would grant permissions to Afcons Infrastructure to demolish the old British era bridge for completion of second phase of Ram Jhula project.

The court was hearing a PIL filed by Nagpur Chamber of Commerce Limited demanding that work on Ram Jhula, the six-lane cable-stayed railway overbridge near Santra Market, gets rolling.

They urged the court to direct Afcons to execute the work as per the agreement on January 17, 2006. The work tender was allotted to Afcons on January 25, 2006, and it was to be completed in 42 months, but its first phase completed last year only, while second phase is only on paper.

Transfer tree plantation funds to state, NMC told

The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Friday directed the NMC to handover 3.34 lakh to the State forest department for planting 100 trees on its land at Nara Nari.

The directives came while hearing a PIL filed by NGO Nature Conservation Association through its secretary Shrikant Deshpande.

The trees are to be planted in lieu of those felled during the four-laning of Koradi Road by NHAI.

NHAI counsels Ajay Ghare and Anish Kathane informed that they had handed over 3.34 lakh to NMC for planting trees, but the latter stated that they will plant it in the carriageway, which NHAI objected to.

Government pleader Bharti Dangre informed that they have two spots where trees could be planted at Nara Nari and Ambazari cantonment, but the NMC should first transfer the funds it got from NHAI