HC bans parking of 4-wheelers on Agyaram Devi-ST stand road

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Nov 2018 09:43:08


Legal Correspondent,

IN a major jolt to private bus operators who occupy major portion of busy street from Agyaram Devi Square till Ashirwad Talkies square, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has directed the authorities to ban the parking of all four-wheelers along entire stretch to ease the congestion.
Through an interim direction, in response to the criminal writ petition filed by Tushar Padgilwar, who runs a Krushi Sewa Kendra at Agyaram Devi Square, Justice R K Deshpande and Justice Vinay Joshi, have ordered this parking ban on the road leading to Ganesh Peth ST Bus Stand from the Agyaram Devi Square, till the next square.

The grievance raised Padgilwar in his petition is that operators of the DMR Travels and the ARB Travel park their passenger vehicles in front of his shop and thus are causing huge inconvenience to him and his customers. Finding himself helpless before the adamant approach of stubborn transporters who park their vehicles illegally despite being fined repeatedly by the authorities, petitioner approached the High Court complaining that business and neighbourhood suffers due to such adamant and irrational behaviour of some transporters.

In reply to the allegations in the petition, it has been stated in the submissions filed by the State Government that these travel operators have been issued challan by its staff 52 times in connection with such offences.It was submitted on behalf of these passenger vehicle operators that, the petitioner- shopkeeper himself parks his tractor on the road. By way of its response, the Court made it clear that whoever breaches its direction, would be liable for being proceeded against.

The High Court had already directed 83 private bus operators not to ply their buses inside the city limits since there are no separate parking ports for them. The High Court had directed the Traffic Police and Transport department to ensure that no private travel bus enters the city limit from January 15, but later the decision was deferred following application by transporters seeking more time to allow them to bring some discipline in their operations.

High Court had already initiated a PIL on the basis of a letter complaining about rowdy elements at Ganeshpeth due to operation of illegal private transport and how they indulge in extortion, eve teasing and other anti-social activities.

Adv Rajnish Vyas appeared for the petitioner. Addl GP Anand Deshpande (State), Adv Deven Chauhan (DMR Travel) and Adv Rohit Joshi ( ARB Travel) represented the respondents.