The Mumbai suburban collector recently ordered the removal of vehicles parked illegally near a girls’ hostel run by a trust in Kurla (East).
A petition filed by a member of the Kurla-based charitable trust had complained about the nuisance caused by vehicles parked illegally outside the hostel at Bhandara estate, Bhavana Marg.
Lata Shetty of the Bunts Sangh complained that hundreds of commercial vehicles such as generator vans, scrap temops and trucks were parked outside the hostel for long periods. Drivers of generator vans parked there kept their engines running for 15-30 minutes, polluting the air, the petition stated.
Worse still, the drivers stayed in illegal hutments across the road, and would bathe and perform their morning ablutions right on the road, the petition claimed. They even harassed some of the women passing by on the road, the petition claimed.
Shetty states that there is a parking facility (truck terminal) just a kilometre from the road, but the owners parked their vehicles on the road to evade parking charges.
Many students, teachers and employees visiting the hostel had to put up with the nuisance caused by the drivers, and the traffic hurdles the parked vehicles led to.
It is further stated that complaints lodged before the traffic authorities and the commissioner of RTO yielded no results.
Petitioner’s counsel, Pradeep Havnur, had cited a Supreme Court judgement which states that if the authorities concerned get information and evidence which discloses the existence of a public nuisance or unlawful obstruction, it should be removed.