Supreme Court Stays Opening Of Road Outside Punjab Chief Minister's Home

The Supreme Court has intervened to halt the opening of a road outside Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann's residence in Chandigarh.

May 3, 2024 - 13:45
Supreme Court Stays Opening Of Road Outside Punjab Chief Minister's Home

The Supreme Court has intervened to halt the opening of a road outside Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann's residence in Chandigarh. The decision, made today, comes as a response to concerns raised by both the Centre and the Punjab government regarding security threats associated with the road's opening.

A bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta noted that both the Centre and Punjab government have opposed the opening of the road, which has been closed since the 1980s, owing to a threat perception.

The road had been closed due to security reasons during height of terrorism in Punjab, and was set to be reopened on a trial basis.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court had on April 22 ordered opening of the 500-metre road, connecting Sukhna Lake to Nayagaon in Chandigarh, on a trial basis from May 1.

The High Court's order had included provisions for the Chandigarh Police to engage traffic experts in formulating a comprehensive traffic management plan for the road, which was intended to be open from 7 am to 7 pm on working days.

Since the closure of the road, people moving between Nayagaon and Sukhna Lake were forced to take long detours via adjacent sectors of the city.

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