The Bombay high court bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice M S Sonak passed a stinging order against the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation over non-implementation of a proper parking policy in building projects, despite being clearly directed to do so way back in 2011.
On Wednesday, the HC bench issued a contempt of court notice to NMMC, seeking to know why action should not be taken against the civic chief for non-compliance of the court’s order of September 7, 2011, in a public interest litigation (PIL 34 of 2011) to have adequate parking lots for flats in building projects.
The HC also ordered NMMC to hereafter issue a condition to builders that they should ensure at least one vehicular parking space per tenement of built-up area 45 sq metres (or 35 sq metres carpet area flat).
The order has had immediate repercussions in NMMC. “The latest order has been given to the town planning department and other relevant officers to en sure that the parking guidelines are being followed.NMMC’s general development control regulations will also be changed in this regard so that adequate parking space is made available henceforth,” said civic law officer Abhay Jadhav.
Welcoming the latest court order, RTI activist Sandeep Thakur, who had earlier filed the PIL in 2011, told TOI: “If NMMC had implemented the earlier directions of urban development department and the HC in my first petition, it would not have been neces sary to file this latest petition.
Detailing its order with regard to NMMC’s defiance, the bench on Wednesday observed that the civic body had not bothered to undertake any scientific survey for vehicular parking, as they had been directed to do in 2011. The court further stated in its order that NMMC did not even apply for any extension of time or seek recall of the directions issued on the subject of parking.