- Bombay High Court says families that own only 1 flat should not be allowed to own 4-5 cars
- Maharashtra is facing a huge parking issue in the city
The Bombay High Court, on Thursday, expressed anguish over the lack of any uniform policy in Maharashtra over designated parking spaces for vehicles and said that the authorities must not allow the residents to own multiple personal vehicles if they do not have adequate parking space.
A bench which comprised of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G S Kulkarni said that the authorities “should not allow families owning only one flat to have four or five cars if they do not have sufficient parking space” available in their respective housing societies, on Thursday.
The Bombay High Court bench was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a Navi Mumbai resident and activist Sandeep Thakur who is challenging a government notification that amended the Unified Development Control and Promotion Regulations Rules, allowing the developers in the state to reduce car parking space.
In the plea, Thakur said that the developers fail to provide sufficient parking spaces in the newly constructed high-rises, thereby forcing the residents to park outside the premises of the housing society.
The Bombay High Court said, “Reduction in the purchase of new cars is needed. You can’t permit one family to have four to five vehicles just because they can afford it.
“You should cross-check if they have parking spaces or not”.
The HC questioned the rules which were challenged in the PIL and said there will be “chaos if a proper policy on vehicle parking is not formulated.
“All roads are flooded with vehicles and everywhere, 30 per cent space of roads is taken away by parking on both sides. It is a common phenomenon.
“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. There has to be a policy in place.”
The Bombay high court directed state’s counsel Manish Pable to file a reply to the PIL within two weeks.