Bengaluru, Mar 7 (ILNS) The Karnataka High Court said the right to have footpaths in good condition was a fundamental right guaranteed in Article 21 of the Constitution.
Hearing a petition filed by Letzkit Foundation, a Division Bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice S Vishwajith Shetty on Friday said, “If a citizen is stopped from use of public streets and footways in a manner it is meant for, it will be a violation of their fundamental right guaranteed in Article 21 of the Constitution.
The Court directed the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to take speedy steps in the case of entrenchments on footways in Bengaluru city.
“We direct the BBMP to make sure that an appointed officer inspect the various sites, including those mentioned in this petition as encroached footways. In case any encroachment found during an inspection, the officer would be obliged to take action and remove that encroachment immediately,” it added.
Appearing on behalf of Letzkit Foundation, Advocate Puthige Ramesh said that most of the footways on the roads were encroached fully or partially and not walker-friendly, except some footpaths in the Central Business District (CBD).
He further said that encroachment of structures on footways was done not only by residents, but also by statutory authorities, including the Police.
The petitioner prayed for a direction to the authorities to ensure that encroachments were removed and footpaths were made pedestrian-friendly.
The next hearing of this case will be on April 15. ILNS/JR