The Supreme Court yesterday upheld a High Court order that directed the authorities concerned to remove the stairs at different points of Mayor Mohammad Hanif Flyover in Dhaka.
A three-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, dismissed a leave to appeal petition filed by Orion Infrastructure Limited, the company that built the flyover, challenging the High Court order.
"I have seen that flyovers in China and Thailand are smooth. There is no obstruction in the flyovers," Deputy Attorney General SM Moniruzzaman quoted the chief justice as saying.
Orion Infrastructure Limited's lawyer Advocate Ahsanul Karim told The Daily Star that the stairs were built at different points of Mayor Mohammad Hanif Flyover for the benefit of the people.
However, experts said there should not be stairs in the flyovers as they can cause various difficulties in vehicular movement.
Earlier on May 31, the HC in a suo moto move directed the relevant authorities to take necessary steps to remove all the stairs from Mayor Mohammad Hanif flyover. It also issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain in four weeks why they should not be directed to remove the stairs from the flyover.
Following a stay petition filed by Orion Infrastructure Limited, the SC chamber judge on June 9 issued status quo on the removal of stairs set up on the flyover for entry and exit.
Additional Attorney General Murad Reza and Deputy Attorney General SM Moniruzzaman stood for the state.
As the authorities concerned of the flyover set up two stairs at Jatrabari from where vehicles enter the flyover, they pose a huge risk. Furthermore, bus stoppages have been created at the points centering the stairs.
Everyday thousands of passengers use the stand from where they board various buses especially local services like to Gulistan-Demra, Motijheel-Madonpur, Gazipur to Signboard and Gulistan to Madonpur routes. Many passengers who want to get down at Jatrabari also use these points and the passengers go below using those stairs.