Frame policy to end Dhantoli’s parking, traffic woes: High Court

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Dec 2018 10:00:30


Staff Reporter,

Corporators, citizens, civic agencies should play a pro-active role to clean the parking mess

Expressing deep concern over worsening parking and traffic situation of prime locality like Dhantoli, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on  Tuesday asked the civic agencies, corporators and citizens to formulate a policy to effectively tackle this menace.  The HC suggested to widen roads, adopt odd-even parking formula, creation of no parking zones, declaring some streets as one-ways, besides strictly clearing the sanctioned parking space for the same purpose.

A division bench consisting of Chief Justice Naresh Patil and Justice Nitin Sambre while hearing a PIL filed by Dhantoli Nagarik Mandal passed a slew of directives asking the authorities to play a pro-active role and end nightmare faced by Dhantoli residents due to mushrooming of hospitals and commercial establishments. Dhantoli Nagarik Mandal had voiced grievance of the residents and harassment caused to them by overcrowding of doctors' clinics and hospitals due to which the locality had lost its charm.

The Court has also directed the NMC and traffic department to conduct a meeting with the State government to solve the parking problems faced by the residents of Dhantoli while asking corporators to be at the forefront of such deliberations.  The High Court also suggested deployment of local agencies for monitoring purposes, to keep a check on sanctioning authorities and to take stringent action against violators.

Chief Justice while hearing the PIL also said, similar problems are faced by residents of all major cities and several petitions are filed before the Principal Bench. The HC asked the authorities to be extremely careful while formulating policy and granting sanctions to new building plans. The earmarked parking space must be preserved and its misuse must be dealt with an iron hand, the High Court stated. Advocate Ashutosh Dharmadhikari and Adv Ashwin Deshpande appeared for the petitioner. Addl GP Deepak Thakare (State) Adv Sudhir Puranik (NMC), Advocates Anand Parchure, Raheel Mirza, B.G.Kulkarni, Arun S.Agrawal and Shreerang P.Bhandarkar (respondents and Intervenors) represented various parties.


What HC CJ suggested

Widen Dhantoli roads

Examine feasibility of Odd-Even parking system;

Declare certain stretches as No Parking Zones;

Declare certain roads as One-way streets;

Deploy its local agencies for monitoring purposes;

Keep a check on the sanctioning authorities;

Take stringent action to curb misuse of parking space

‘Citizens are also responsible for creating mess’
During earlier hearings, the High Court had directed NMC and NIT to remove all unauthorised constructions from earmarked and sanctioned parking spaces to minimise the parking woes faced by citizens. What was seen as an attempt to clean Aegean Stables, the High Court had also lamented that citizens too were responsible for worsening parking space and for having scant regard for law. Citing an example, wherein a doctor had constructed three floors in prime Dhantoli area without any permission, the High Court wondered as to how all agencies looked the other way when such construction was going on. Lashing out at NMC officials for not discharging their statutory duty of ensuring construction as per sanctioned building plan, the High Court had warned them to perform statutory duty or face music. At the same time, the HC had cautioned them not to harass citizens under the garb of clearing parking space. In case of Dhantoli hospitals, the NMC officials had issued notices to seal the clinics, hospitals and dispensaries after which hospitals and doctors knocked the High Court’s door and the court had to rap the officials for overstepping.