City’s unemployed youth to run 25% parking lots
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Tuesday stood by its decision to reserve public parking lots for educated unemployed youth to run. Mohan K Korappath reports.mumbai Updated: Feb 29, 2012 01:50 IST
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Tuesday stood by its decision to reserve public parking lots for educated unemployed youth to run.
In a proposed parking lots scheme, in which these spaces will be given to private operators to man, the civic body has reserved 50% for a women’s self-help group, Mahila Bachat Gut Yojana, while another 25% has been set aside for educated unemployed youth.
This decision was challenged in the Bombay high court by former councilor Hamida Mistry and social worker Dr Aslam Qureishi, who claim it is not fair those in the open category.
The scheme, to be implemented at 92 locations spanning across 15 wards, is expected to fetch Rs11.13 crore from license fees for 24 months.
The counsel for the petitioners, S U Kamdar and Pradeep Havnur, had argued that apart from allotting these reservations, the BMC has proposed to demarcate some areas from the open category for the legal heirs of state’s freedom fighters.
The BMC counsel, Komal Punjabi, contended that more than 25% should be allotted for unemployed youth as “they are the people who really need support from the state”.
A division bench of justices PB Majmudar and RD Dhanuka, however, said the corporation should start gradually, with 50%. They also questioned how such youth will get the money for the tender process, and adjourned the hearing to March 15.