HC’s 5-day deadline for parking problems

To find an immediate solution to the increasing parking problems in the city,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday gave five days’ time to the amicus curiae,appointed in the case pertaining to traffic congestion,to submit suggestions for easing out parking problems.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:May 12, 2012 3:42 am

To find an immediate solution to the increasing parking problems in the city,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday gave five days’ time to the amicus curiae,appointed in the case pertaining to traffic congestion,to submit suggestions for easing out parking problems.

The Chandigarh Administration has been asked to look into the report,and the matter will be taken up for resumed hearing on May 18.

Making it clear that no time should be wasted in taking steps to find solution for parking problems,a division bench comprising Justices Surya Kant and Ajay Tewari expressed strong disapproval of the lackadaisical attitude of the Chandigarh Administration. Advocate A P S Shergill and Reeta Kohli were asked to personally visit the spots and submit a report/list of suggestions to tackle with the problem of parking.

The bench asked the administration what steps it was taking to make use of the underground parking lots. Also,the administration was asked to identify and make use of empty areas near Sector 17,Chandigarh,so that vehicles could be parked there and Sector 17 could be made vehicle-free.

The court slammed the Chandigarh Administration for having “imaginative apprehensions” and not having a parking policy. The court observed that ad hocism was one of the major problems plaguing the Chandigarh Administration because of which no immediate action was taken. The court made it clear that the administration was trying to “stonewall” the ideas of progressive thinking.

However,appearing on behalf of the administration,its senior standing counsel Sanjay Kaushal said the administration was not trying to stonewall any ideas. He said the administration was doing its best to come up with a solution to the parking problems.

The development took place during the resumed hearing of a PIL arising out of a suo motu notice taken by the High Court on a news item published by The Indian Express highlighting the issue of eco cabs.

The High Court also directed the administration to come up with a final decision on the launch of eco cabs in the city.

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