Nagpur: Even as the parking situation worsens in city’s narrow bylanes of cluttered areas like Dhantoli, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has directed Nagpur Municipal Corporations to explore even-odd parking in the area.
A fresh PIL filed by Dhantoli Nagrik Mandal came up for hearing in this regard on Tuesday. Hearing the plea, a division bench comprising chief justice Naresh Patil and justice Nitin Sambre expressed serious concern over the problems faced by residents due to severe congestion and parking problems.
Censuring civic officials, the bench observed that due to sudden rise in number of hospitals and clinics in the area, the number of visitors too has shot up drastically, thus creating severe traffic snarls and parking problems in the area with narrow lanes and bylanes. The HC directed Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and traffic police to convene a meeting with concerned government officials to discuss and resolve the problems faced by Dhantoli citizens. The judges pointed out that it’s the duty of public representatives (corporators) to help them in such situations, by formulating policies to save them from the menace.
They suggested that the respondents explore possibilities like implementing even-odd system, successfully implemented in New Delhi, along with widening of narrow roads, creating no-parking zones and one-ways. These should be first implemented on pilot basis, and, if successful, could be replicated in other areas. They directed the authorities to deploy local agencies to monitor traffic, keep a check on sanctioning authorities, and take stringent measures to control haphazard parking.
There are close to 115 hospitals and medical clinics in a radius of just 1.5km, which could be a record of sorts. A prayer has also been made to stop construction of any more full-fledged hospitals, if not small clinics and dispensaries, in existing residential areas. NMC had undertaken demolition drives in 2016, and as per the court’s earlier directives, had conducted a survey of over 140 establishments in the city.