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Car dealers cannot use public roads as parking spaces: Delhi HC

The Delhi high court’s direction came after an affidavit filed by the DCP traffic, central range, listed names of cars dealers and motor vehicle dealers, who continue to park their vehicles for sale outside their shops on the roads.

delhi Updated: Jul 31, 2018 12:09 IST
Richa Banka
Richa Banka
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Cars line the streets of Karol Bagh.(Sushil Kumar/ HT Photo)

Public roads cannot be converted into private parking spaces by car dealers, the Delhi high court said on Monday while warning violators of contempt of court action.

A bench of acting chief justice Gita Mittal and justice C Hari Shankar directed the deputy commissioner of police (DCP), traffic, central range, to issue a public notice listing names of violators, warning them of contempt action.

“There isn’t any need for elaboration that every individual needs the road. Public roads cannot be converted into private parking spaces by car dealers. Such conduct is not only opposed to convenience but accordingly needs to be dealt under contempt of court order,” the court said.

The court’s direction came after an affidavit filed by the DCP traffic, central range, placed a list of names of cars dealers and motor vehicle dealers, who continue to park their vehicles for sale outside their shops on the roads and pavements.

The bench was hearing a petition filed by Neena Narang, a resident of Karol Bagh, who had made a grievance with regard to the problems created on account of parking in almost three of the four lanes in one direction on the roads in Karol Bagh. In her petition, Narang had said there only one lane is left for movement of traffic.

The plea had contended that the present situation of traffic has been worsening on a daily basis in Karol Bagh and no steps whatsoever have been taken to rectify the situation.

Maintaining that the North Delhi Municipal Corporation’s (NDMC’s) imposing of fines for illegal parking is of “no consequence”, the court gave the violators a last chance.

“Last chance is given to all businessmen in the area. We direct the DCP, Traffic, Central Zone, to issue a public notice setting out a list of violators and those who are still selling vehicles in the Karol Bagh, informing them of this order,” the court said.

The court also asked the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) and the DCP (traffic) to take strict action against those found violating the order.

During the hearing, the issue of loading and offloading of goods from commercial vehicles was also raised. Advocate Satyajit Sarna, appearing for the petitioner, pointed out that the roads are congested because of these goods vehicles.

Following this, the bench sought to know from the assistant commissioner of police, traffic – who was present in court – about the timings stipulated for commercial vehicles to enter the national capital. The court was informed that such vehicles (commercial) can enter the city in two trenches — one from 11am to 5pm and 9.30pm to 7am.

Irked at the reply, the court said loading and offloading of goods from the vehicles at public spaces during business hours should be restricted.

“…In view of the matter, we see no reason why loading and offloading should not be restricted in the business hours,” it said.

It directed Gautam Narayan, standing counsel for the Delhi government, to examine the issue and take a considered view on the issue.

The court will now hear the matter on September 12.

First Published: Jul 31, 2018 12:09 IST