June 6, 2009 4:04:10 am
The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has decided not to sanction any building plan if the builder does not provide adequate free parking space. After the decision earlier this week to put the builders plan on the Net,municipal commissioner Asheesh Sharma said on Friday that the norm about free parking will be incorporated into the rules and regulations required to be adhered to by a builder.
Sharmas decision stems from the Bombay High Court judgment of September 2008 that builders cannot sell their parking space. He has directed the civic legal advisor to get a copy of the judgment so that it could be incorporated into the PCMC rulebook. Once the norm is incorporated,the builders will have to follow it. Otherwise,we will not sanction their plan. We are waiting to get a copy of the judgment.
He said the free parking norm could be included in the rules without going through the general body route. I will do this with the powers bestowed on me by the BPMC Act. If required,I can also invoke special powers vested with the commissioner for the purpose.
However,corporator Maruti Bhapkar said the commissioner need not incorporate the free parking norm in the rule book. It is already a norm in the Cooperative Societys Act and Building Control Rules. It is mandatory to provide free parking space to a consumer. But this norm has never been followed as the PCMC has always protected the interests of builders, he alleged.
According to Bhapkar,several commercial establishments in Pimpri and Chinchwad,including hotels,are brazenly violating the parking space norm. All these establishments have shown complete disregard to the laid-down rules. As a result,those visiting these establishments are parking their vehicles on the road. In turn,the traffic police are pulling up these drivers practically every day.
Promoters and Builders Association of Pune vice-president Rohit Gera said,The move will create chaos in residential complexes. It will lead to arguments among society members as to who will park where and in how much space.
Questioning the role of civic body in monitoring the parking space directive,Gera said PCMC is not supposed to get into this terrain. A consumer can approach the civil courts.
Gera said the association has instructed around 270 of its members to follow the court directive. We have to follow the rule of the land. But,our directives are not binding.
Gera said the association has a grievance cell for disputes between builders and buyers. Over 90 per cent of the disputes are resolved to the satisfaction of both the parties.
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