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Cut off electricity, water of habitual encroachers: SC Asks Civic Bodies To Act On Illegal Constructions

September 03, 2019 05:41 AM


Cut off electricity, water of habitual encroachers: SC
Asks Civic Bodies To Act On Illegal Constructions

New Delhi:

Coming down hard on those encroaching upon pavements to build cabins for security guards and mini gardens, the Supreme Court on Monday directed municipal authorities to remove all illegal constructions from public space and permitted them to cut off water and electricity supply to houses of habitual offenders.

Underscoring the importance of having a new parking policy to deal with the growing number of vehicles in the city, a bench of Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Deepak Gupta said the authorities had completely failed to address the problem and the “social fabric of neighbourhoods is being torn asunder because of fights over this most petty issue of parking of vehicles”.

The SC appreciated the draft parking rules framed by the Delhi government and directed it to notify the Delhi Maintenance and Management of Parking Places Rules, 2019, by the end of September. It asked the government to file a compliance report by October 4.

SC: Assess parking needs for next 25 yrs

Parking on footpaths is strictly prohibited. There can be no violation of this and it cannot be permitted under any circumstances. Footpaths are meant for pedestrians. Houses encroach upon footpaths for many reasons such as extending gardens, making cabins for security guards, etc. All these are encroachments of public space. We direct all guard cabins to be built within the plot area and not on footpaths.

In any colony where footpath is found to be encroached upon, strict action should be taken against the owner and the encroachment should be removed. In case house owners, after removal of the encroachment, again encroach upon footpaths, then rules may be framed to discontinue municipal services like water, electricity, sewage, etc to the residence of the encroachers,” the bench noted.

SC said the government had abjectly failed to provide adequate public transport to citizens.

“Individual vehicles are owned by about 2% of the population. However, this 2% of the population wants to monopolise all resources and infrastructure with regard to transportation,” it observed.

It directed Delhi government to ensure that while granting permission to build any structure, there should be proper assessment of parking needs for the next 25 years

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