Chandigarh: After about three decades, Chandigarh has ceased to be a disturbed area with the Punjab and Haryana High Court holding that the notification declaring the Union Territory disturbed has ceased to have any relevance in the present times.
    
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), a division bench of the court comprising acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain on Wednesday minced no words in holding that the Chandigarh Administration had failed to justify the relevance of such notifications in present times, particularly when no terror incident had been reported in the city for the past many years.
    
The court also observed that chances were that the tag was acting as a deterrent for tourists. So many of them would obviously be reluctant to visit the city after finding it labelled on the internet as a disturbed area, the bench held.
    
The development assumes significance as the Chandigarh Administration just about three days back, made clear its intention of not withdrawing the notification declaring Chandigarh a disturbed area.

(Agencies)

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