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Remove illegal structures beside highways: HC

Monday 07 December, 2015 12:00:00 am

Remove illegal structures beside highways: HC

Dhaka, Dec 7 (UNB) - The High Court on Monday asked the government to immediately remove illegal structures from beside highways all over the country, in a bid to prevent road accidents.


An HC bench comprising Justice Zinnat Ara and Justice A. K. M. Shahidul Huq passed the order after hearing a writ petition, and also ordered the authorities concerned to take necessary steps in a bid to allow vehicles to run on the highways uninterrupted.


The court also directed the government to amend the highway-related rules to allow building works within 10 metres of the highways, according to section eight of Motor Vehicles Act-2001.


Adv Munzill Morshed led the hearing for the petitioner.


Talking to reporters, Morshed said the bench asked the concerned authorities to set the rules that drivers have to be educated upto minimum SSC level.


The court also ordered the government to take steps to implement the orders within five years, also asking it to extend the punishment and fine of the offence under Motor Vehicle ordinance. 


Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh filed the writ petition seeking necessary directives for the High Court to prevent road accidents after 11 people were killed in a road accident in Faridpur in 2011.