The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has directed the State government and Nagpur Municipal Corporation to take measures to free Dhantoli from encroachments, traffic jam and illegal parking. While hearing a public interest litigation filed by the President of Dhantoli Nagarik Mandal Vilas Sathe the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court comprising Justice Sunil Shukre and Justice Shriram Modak said that preparing a comprehensive plan to make Dhantoli congestion free is important.
In the plea Sathe has said that a number of hospitals have mushroomed in Dhantoli area and most of them do not have adequate parking arrangements.
The petitioner has stated that owners of many hospitals of flouting the norms and have encroached upon the public land. As per the law each hospital should have sufficient space for parking vehicles however, in case of hospitals in Dhantoli area it has been observed that hospital owners have blatantly violated there is no this norm. Many hospital owners showed parking space on papers to get permission from the authorities concerned but in reality they used the space allocated for parking on map for some other purpose.
Some hospitals used parking space to construct waiting hall for the patients and their relatives. A very little space has been left for parking on the hospital premises. As a result of which most of the vehicles were parked on both sides of the road. This leads to traffic jam and inconvenience to the commuters. Encroachment on footpath and road has further worsened the condition.