Jharkhand High Court on Thursday directed Ranchi district and civic mandarins to decongest city arteries by facilitating parking on school and college grounds during the festive season.
A division bench of Justice N.N. Tiwari and Justice P.P. Bhatt, hearing a PIL on traffic snarls filed two years ago, asked RMC’s chief executive officer Dipankar Panda, deputy commissioner Vinay Kumar Choubey and traffic SP Rajiv Ranjan to hold a meeting without delay to decide on parking provisions.
The court pulled up the civic body for not being able to provide parking space on Main Road and suggested that vacant land on cradle campuses as well as government premises along Main Road and other thoroughfares be used as stopgap parking lots during the Durga Puja rush.
The bench said the temporary facilities could be manned by volunteers and vehicle owners charged a nominal fee.
“The revenue generated thus can be paid as rent to respective institutes whose premises will be used,” the bench observed.
The PIL against chaos on Ranchi’s roads was filed by one Ashish Kumar Singh in 2011. He had highlighted encroachments on arteries and accused the administration of gross inaction.
The court deplored “the lackadaisical approach” of the RMC and said it was merely realising taxes and not providing desired services to residents of the city.
Despite its lofty plans of building a multi-storied parking facility on Main Road, nothing has been done in reality. Everything is only on paper, the bench said.
Senior advocate Sohail Anwar, who represented RMC, said work on the parking lot had already begun. “Notices have been issued in newspapers and the RMC has held several rounds of meetings with FJCCI since co-operation of the latter is necessary,” he told the bench.