On Monday (July 30, 2018) Delhi High Court said public roads cannot be converted into private parking spaces by car dealers.
Delhi HC bench comprising of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar has directed the deputy commissioner of police (DCP), traffic, central range, to issue public notice listing names of violators, warning them of contempt action.
The court said “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 with under contempt of court order.”
The court’s direction came after an affidavit was filed by the DCP traffic, listing the names of the car dealers who were violating the law and continued to park their vehicles for sale outside their shops on the roads.
The petition was filed by Neena Narang, a resident of Karol Bagh who made a grievance with regard to the problems caused by the parking, affecting the movement of traffic.
The court also said “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.”
Further, the court 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.