Home Minister R R Patil said this while replying to a debate on a Calling Attention motion moved by Prashant Thakur and Amin Patel (both Congress) on the issue of vehicles being parked illegally, especially those which carry inflammable material.
"Vehicles carrying inflammable material and parked on the roads are a threat to the residents. Despite requests for initiating action against owners and drivers of such vehicles, no action has been taken by the police," Thakur said.
In his reply, Patil said that daily an average of 50,000 vehicles pass through Navi Mumbai, while the parking space is available for just 5,000 vehicles.
"Parking is a problem in urban areas. Many times it is observed that parking space allotted for societies and industrial units is used for other activities than parking," the Minister said. "Those living in the co-operative societies should park their vehicle within the allotted parking space, and not on the roads which result in traffic problems. To discourage parking on roads, the department will take action against the violators of rules."
Girish Bapat (BJP) pointed out lack of planning while making the truck terminals or markets. Vivek Pandit (Independent) said vehicles are parked beneath the flyovers.
Admitting that open space under flyovers is used for parking vehicles, Patil said, "directives will be given to stop parking beneath flyovers." Meanwhile to resolve the issue of parking of heavy vehicles in the Navi Mumbai, Patil stated a meeting of CIDCO, MIDC and other related agencies will be called to find a solution.