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Find solution to blockade of roads in Delhi, Noida due to farmers' protest: SC tells Centre

A Bench led by Justice SK Kaul said the protesters have a right to protest at a designated space, but they can't block the traffic flow, while issuing notice to the Centre and asking it to coordinate with three states -- Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi -- for resolution.

Find solution to blockade of roads in Delhi, Noida due to farmers' protest: SC tells Centre-dnm
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Bengaluru, First Published Aug 23, 2021, 6:42 PM IST
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The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to find a solution to the blockade of streets due to the ongoing farmers’ protest against the three contentious farm laws.

“You have to find a solution, they (farmers) might have the right to a place to agitate, but the roads cannot be blocked like this",” the apex court said as reported by Times Now.

A Bench led by Justice SK Kaul said the protesters have a right to protest at a designated space, but they can't block the traffic flow, while issuing notice to the Centre and asking it to coordinate with three states -- Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi -- for resolution.

"The solution lies in the hand of Union of India and the concerned states. The roads should not stop for no reason whatsoever. Time has been granted to Centre to look for solutions on this and report back here," Justice Kaul said, the report further said.

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The apex court was hearing a petition filed by a Noida resident who sought directions to ensure that the road between Noida to Delhi is kept clear. The petitioner had alleged that due to blockade of roads by the agitating farmers travelling between Noida and Delhi now took two hours than the usual 20 minutes.

The court has adjourned the hearing to September 20.

The government and farmer unions so far have held 11 rounds of talks, the last being on January 22, to break the deadlock on the new laws and end the protest but none have been fruitful and the protest has continued.

Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana and Western Uttar Pradesh, are protesting at Delhi borders for over eight months, seeking a repeal of these three legislations and a legal guarantee of the minimum support price (MSP).

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