HC directs BMC and the police to act against illegally parked vehicles

The court has given two months to the Maharashtra government and BMC to come up with a mechanism by which citizens can lodge complaints via a phone call, email or WhatsApp about vehicles that have been abandoned or are illegally parked in response to a PIL

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Vehicles parked in 'no-parking zones' will soon be seriously dealt with as the Bombay High Court has ordered Mumbai Police to remove illegally parked vehicles or those abandoned on roads for more than 10 hours. The court has also directed the civic body to set up a grievance redress system, allowing citizens to complain about illegally parked vehicles. 

A division bench of Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Riyaz Chagla was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by city resident Tekchand Khanchandani, who had complained about traffic congestion and encroachment of footpaths in Goregaon and Jogeshwari. In response to the PIL, the Bombay High Court gave the Maharashtra government as well as Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) two-months time to come up with a mechanism by which citizens can lodge complaints via a phone call, email or WhatsApp about vehicles that have been abandoned or are illegally parked. 

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All police stations across Maharashtra have also been ordered to strictly comply with section 127 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, provisions in the Maharashtra Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989, and the Maharashtra Police Act, 1951, which empower local police officers to remove vehicles abandoned on the road for more than 10 hours or vehicles parked in no-parking zones immediately.

The PIL filed by Tekchand Khanchandani said that the notification issued by the traffic police department in February 2009 is not implemented properly on both sides of Link Road starting at Hypercity Mall in Goregaon west and ending at Oshiwara Bridge, leading to traffic congestions in Jogeshwari and Goregaon. The notification imposed revise traffic restrictions like no parking, no halting, no U-turns and no right turns.

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