Nagpur: Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane on Tuesday held hearing on suggestions and objections regarding modification in NMC Area Sanctioned Development Rules on parking slots in commercial areas. A total of 12 persons had submitted their suggestions and objections to the NMC move.
The Nagpur Municipal Corporation had solicited suggestions and objections within one month of publication of Extraordinary Gazette issued by Maharashtra Government on July 28, 2014. The Extraordinary Gazette pertained to Resolution on modification and provision of new clauses under Rule 16 of NMC Area’s Sanctioned Development Rules on parking slots in accordance with Section 37 of Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act 1996.
Subsequently, the Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane held a hearing on suggestions and objections on parking slots in commercial areas on Tuesday at 11 am in NMC’s Central Office Hall. Other officials who attended the hearing include Additional Deputy Commissioner Pramod Bhusari, NIT’s Superintending Engineer Sunil Gujjalwar, Assistant Director (Town Planning) Satish Renge, Town Planner C M Zade, Deputy Engineer R S Bhute, Deputy Engineer Mahesh Gupta, CREDAI’s President Prashant Sarode, Secretary Anil Nair, former President Balvirsingh Renu, and others.
The meeting was informed that based on the hearing, a proposal in this regard will be sent to Government for further course of action.
It is pertinent to recall that roads in the city’s commercial hubs such as Sitabuldi, Dharampeth, Sadar, Itwari, Gandhibagh, Mahal have become “congested” in the absence of adequate parking lots. Vehicle parking, along footpaths and on roads, are a common sight on major stretches such as Wardha Road, Residency Road, Kamptee Road, Central Avenue, Dharampeth, Dhantoli, Sakkardara, Itwari and Great Nag Road.
It is mandatory for all multi-storied commercial buildings to provide parking space in the basement. There have been complaints of use of basement space for commercial purposes and pavements for parking vehicles, endangering the safety of pedestrians.Several times in the past, the NMC had announced that it would act against misuse of basement but it never acted, at least not in recent years.