Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - Navi Mumbai - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

Traf­fic po­lice have ini­ti­ated a drive against park­ing of ve­hilces un­der the fly­overs, which is banned.

The in­struc­tions for the drive were given by deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice ( traf­fic) Arvind Salve on Thurs­day. The in­struc­tions came fol­low­ing a court or­der in this re­gard to Maharashtra govern­ment.

Salve said, “Ac­tion has been taken against 67 ve­hilces that were parked il­le­gally un­der the fly­overs in the city. A fine of Rs6,200 was col­lected from them.”

The govern­ment had first de­cided in 2008 that park­ing will not be al­lowed un­der the fly­overs. In 2012, the high court had first or­dered that pay and park fa­cil­i­ties and park­ing un­der fly­overs not be al­lowed as it posed grave se­cu­rity risk.

The re­sponse from the state was not sat­is­fac­tory and so on Fe­bru­ary 8, the court gave the state govern­ment three months to en­sure there is no park­ing un­der fly­overs in Mum­bai, Thane and Navi Mum­bai.

The court has asked the govern­ment to ap­proach it if it plans to change it or­der vis-à-vis the park­ing pol­icy. Till then, the ban will stay. Ma­hesh Lal, a Vashi res­i­dent, said: “The area un­der Vashi fly­over is com­pletely empty now un­like a few days back when there were a num­ber of ve­hi­cles parked here. It cer­tainly seems safer now, as this is a strate­gi­cally im­por­tant fly­over.”

Salve added, “I have in­structed all branches of the traf­fic depart­ment in the city to en­sure that there is no more il­le­gal park­ing and to take im­me­di­ate ac­tion if they come across any such in­stance.”

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