Non-availability of parking at public places creates big problem for people, the Supreme Court has directed the Gujarat government to frame a parking policy that will be followed by all municipal corporations.
Insufficient parking space in malls and other markets has compelled people to park their vehicles on the road, a bench of Justices M R Shah and Aniruddha Bose observed.
“It cannot be disputed that the traffic problem in the metropolitan cities in Gujarat is a very serious issue because of non-availability of public parking and even sufficient parking spaces in the malls and other markets.
“The citizens are compelled to park on the road. There is no uniform policy and/or guidelines and/or notifications issued by the State Government,” the bench said.
Directing the state government to issue common guidelines under the Town Planning Act or General Development Control Regulations (GDCR).
The government must come out with a policy which shall be binding on all the corporations and to see to it that the problem of parking/traffic is resolved. Counter affidavits shall be filed by the secretary, Home department, secretary, Urban planning department and Secretary, Transport before the next date,” the bench said. The court will hear the matter next on September 14.