“ HC wants to know how many people have more than one car “
‘ Do Buyers Have Parking Space For New Cars ? ’
The Bombay high court on Monday directed the Maharashtra transport department to furnish data on how many persons in Mumbai had more than one car registered under their names.
The bench asked the authorities to submit details of vehicles registered in Mumbai in a day. The judges sought to know from the state government and the BMC about steps taken to verify if new buyers of four-wheelers in the city had sufficient parking space for their vehicles.
“ There is tremendous pressure on local infrastructure. You are depriving an ordinary person who cannot afford a car from even using the road as there is no space for pedestrians to walk,” said Justice Patil.
“ Already, there are over 32 lakh vehicles in the city. You cannot allow the situation to worsen."
The court suggested once again that it was necessary to put restrictions on persons who buy new vehicles.
“ Individuals are buying more than one car. You should place restrictions and permit registration of a new car only if the owner proves he has place to park it.” The bench, headed by Justice Patil, had made the suggestion in 2015.
Advocate Sharan Jagtiani, appointed as amicus curiae (friend of the court) to assist the proceedings, pointed to an affidavit where a deputy town planning officer had mentioned that legislation is pending before Parliament to make it mandatory to show availability of parking as a pre-condition for registration of vehicles.
The bench said the city needs more parking spaces. “Mumbai needs more multilevel parking lots ? There is no reason why restrictions in place in other cities on the entry of vehicles cannot be placed in Mumbai. Think about vehicular pollution and the impact it has on the health of children,” the judge said.
MY TAKE :
There can be no argument about the need to reduce traffic congestion and vehicular pollution in Mumbai / Maharashtra / India
It is also very clear that the “ Long Term “ solution lies in “ Efficient Public Transport “
There may even be some case for various “ Short Term “ measures such as :
· Restricting entry of outside vehicles
· Restricting only ONE CAR per family ( - or , was that “ one car per person “ ? )
POLLUTION SOLUTION , aka " PollSolv " [ 30 Dec 2015 ]
PUBLIC TRANSPORT AS A SOLUTION ? [ 16 Feb 2016 ]
One Car per Family ? [ 27 Sept 2016 ]
A Knee Jerk Approach ? [ 22 Dec 2016 ]
Un-Implementable Laws : Unstoppable Corruption [ 20 Feb 2017 ]
Internet of Vehicles ( IoV ) ? [ 04 Mar 2017 ]
Urban Transport Policy [ 09 June 2017 ]
Why don’t they park in their flats ? [ 01 Sept 2017 ]
A Trail-Blazing Urban Transport ? [ 22 Sept 2017 ]
Parking Mess ? It will get worse ! [ 01 Jan 2018 ]
31 Jan 2018
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