Looking at the “severe scarcity of parking space in Mumbai,” the Bombay High Court Tuesday asked the state to inform them if parking could be allowed under flyovers after taking care of security concerns.
“The state government should inform us if security can be taken care of by ensuring proper checking and scrutiny of vehicles entering parking areas. The government should also tell us if security perception has changed over time,” said the High Court.
An earlier order of the court had sought preventing “illegal” parking under flyovers owing to security concerns.
“Unauthorised parking due to lack of space is a serious problem in Mumbai and causes traffic congestion. We are told that around 1,000 new vehicles get registered by RTO each day. Besides, a large number of private vehicles enter the city every morning and leave in the evenings, but these have no space to park through the day,” the bench said, adding the problem was likely to get worse.
“The state should evolve a system to ensure checks and detection at entry points to the city for all vehicles. Vehicles parked under flyovers can also be checked,” the bench said.
The observations came while the bench was hearing a public interest litigation highlighting lack of parking spaces.
The petitioners had sought that the ban on parking under flyovers be lifted so that the space can be utilised and some respite from traffic congestion is achieved. They had submitted a list of 27 flyovers for the purpose.
The BMC opposed the proposal saying it has assessed a security threat and had banned parking under flyovers. The HC’s February order too was based on such concerns, the BMC counsel said. The bench dismissed the argument saying that in current times, “nothing was immune to security threats,” and that the state must take steps to prevent such threats. The matter will next be heard on September 27.