Bhopal: The plea of the Madhya Pradesh government that it is not solely responsible for the deteriorating condition of the highway roads in the state has been accepted by the Jabalpur High Court. 

While hearing a petition filed by Nagrik Upbhokta Marg Darshak Manch Chairman Dr PG Naajpandey, the Court passed an order to make the two bodies including National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and State Roads Development Authority (SRDA) as parties in the case.

In wake of the inconvenience caused to tourists due to the deplorable condition of highway routes, Naajpandey filed a petition in the High Court against the state government. He said, “Madhya Pradesh is advertised as ‘incredible’ to attract tourists but the roads connecting the major tourism spots are in poor condition which keep away tourists from visiting the state.”

According to the petition, the condition of the roads from Jabalpur to Kanha, Bandhawgarh, Mehar Bhedghat and Khajuraho are in a pathetic condition. Attracting the tourists by advertising the state government as ‘Incredible India’ does not match with uncomfortable roads.

The bench of Chief Justice SR Alam and Justice Alok was given a seven day time to NHAI and SRDA to file their response.

(JPN/Bureau)