Bombay High Court: State gov, BMC should act on abandoned vehicles

21st Jul 2018 7:00 am

The authorities should form grievance redressal mechanisms to ensure complaints are addressed and offenders are penalised.

The Bombay High Court has revealed its decision on abandoned and dead vehicles left on Mumbai’s roads saying that the state government and the BMC should form a grievance redressal mechanism to ensure complaints about abandoned and improperly parked vehicles are addressed, and offenders are penalised.

A division bench chaired by Justices Abhay Oka and Riyaz Chagla has taken this decision, concluding a public interest litigation filed by a Goregaon resident, Tekchand Khanchandani, on abandoned and illegally parked vehicles and other related issues.

The mechanisms that are expected to be put in place for this before September 19, 2018 include a toll-free number and dedicated email address exclusively for complaints on abandoned/illegally parked vehicles, and SMS and WhatsApp facilities for citizens to report on these issues.

Additionally, the high court has also directed the BMC and state government to maintain a register of the complaints received, provide a complaint number and note down the action taken. Those guilty of abandoning vehicles will also be booked under the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, the Motor Vehicles Rule, and the Maharashtra Police Act.

 

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