It seems that the rights of Mumbai’s pedestrians are decreasing every day. Whether encroached by hawkers, huts or parked vehicles, the footpaths usually end up as the last place for pedestrians to walk on.
On April 17, mid-day had reported a case of second hand car dealers, who had taken over a lane below JJ flyover, parking their vehicles and inconveniencing motorists and pedestrians.
A similar case was found at Babubhai Chinai Road in Marine Lines, where a second-hand car dealer, Shreevas Motors, has parked vehicles on the footpath around their showroom.
The lane, barely 30 feet wide, is further clogged by double parking, leaving barely any space for vehicles to pass and no space for officer-goers to walk.
The second hand car dealer has parked vehicles on the footpath, leaving no space for people to walk. Pic/Prashant Waydande
The car dealer admitted that they have no alternative for parking the vehicles, and claimed they are paying the pay-and-park contractors of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation of the road.
The spokesperson of Shreevas Motors said, “We have been paying the charges to park the vehicles, but if it is causing any inconvenience to pedestrians, we will get it sorted.” The pay-and-park contractor was not available for comment.
When mid-day spoke to Additional Municipal Commissioner, SVR Srinivas, he said, “We are planning to incorporate a parking policy soon, to help pedestrians regain their freedom to walk on the footpath again. If traffic rules are being violated by the pay-and-park contractors, we will take action against them.”