Petition in HC against ‘illegal’ parking outside girls hostel

A trustee of the Bunts Sangh Mumbai has moved the Bombay High Court against the alleged illegal parking of vehicles outside a girls hostel in Kurla (East).

Written by Express News Service | Published:August 9, 2012 3:38 am

A trustee of the Bunts Sangh Mumbai has moved the Bombay High Court against the alleged illegal parking of vehicles outside a girls hostel in Kurla (East). She sought removal of the vehicles causing nuisance to students,their parents and staff members of the hostel.

Lata Shetty,the petitioner,has stated that vehicles like generator vans,scrap tempos and trucks are parked on the 44 ft road in Kurla indefinitely and the drivers and cleaners live in hutments nearby.

Moreover,drivers and cleaners of these commercial vehicles are not only causing inconvenience to traffic but also indulging in eve-teasing,which has become a nuisance,the petition alleges.

Shetty’s petition filed through lawyer Pradeep Havnur also states that these drivers and cleaners also use the parked vehicles for prostitution and other nefarious activities.

The owners have been using the road between the Priyadarshini Circle and the Bantara Bhavana Marg for illegally parking the vehicles instead of the Truck Terminal,only a km away from the Geeta S M Shetty girls hostel.

Shetty alleged that the vehicles are parked on the road to avoid payment of parking charges to the government.

On Wednesday,the court asked the Collector (suburban) to file a report pertaining to the alleged illegal parking and submit by August 22. The court said the authorities must constantly keep a check that there is no blockage of traffic.

The drivers of the generator vans leave their engines on for 15-20 minutes repeatedly,causing air and noise pollution,Shetty stated. Also,vehicle repairs undertaken by them have caused oil spills,making the place filthy. Shetty mentioned that the drivers and cleaners have been defecating on the roads,making the area unhygienic and breeding germs.

Citing a Supreme Court judgment,Havnur told the court that under Section 133 of the Criminal Procedure Code,if a magistrate is given information and evidence about public nuisance,it is their duty to order its removal.

Shetty moved the court after several complaints to traffic authorities were unheeded.

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