The high court says a vehicle parking policy must be created by the Maharashtra government
The Bombay High Court has said a uniform vehicle parking policy must be in place in Maharashtra in order to prevent chaos.
Hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by activist Sandeep Thakur, a bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G S Kulkarni said recently that a reduction in the purchase of new cars is needed.
The PIL challenged a government notification that amended the Unified Development Control and Promotion Regulations Rules, permitting developers to reduce car parking space.
The bench questioned the rules challenged in the PIL and said “reduction in the purchase of new cars is needed,” and that there will be chaos if a “proper policy on vehicle parking is not formulated.”
The Justices added that a family cannot have “4 to 5 vehicles just because they can afford it,” and said the government should “cross-check if they have parking spaces or not.”
Further, the bench stated that “all roads are flooded with vehicles” and specified that about “30 percent space of roads is taken away by parking on both sides.”
Finally, the Bombay High Court said a proper vehicle parking policy must be in place as “these are genuine public concerns which have to be taken into consideration to come up with long-term measures so that we do not have a chaotic society.”
The State’s counsel Manish Pable has been directed by the high court to file a reply to the PIL within 2 weeks.