HC seeks BMC’s response on its policy regarding footpaths, Legal News, ET LegalWorld – Legal Firms

MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Friday sought a response from the BMC on its policy regarding constructions, shops, installations or other such obstructions on side-walks, footpaths and pavements in the city.

The HC said, “Everywhere there is an obstruction of pavements and sidewalks impeding pedestrian movement.”

The bench, comprising Justices Gautam Patel and Gauri Godse, which passed the order a week ago heared the matter on Friday where BMC is expected to give its reply.

Two shopkeepers tired of a large number of unauthorized stalls popping back promptly on the footpath in front of their shops in Borivali west, even after BMC removed them on their complaint, had petitioned the HC for its intervention and relief.

The HC order on November 11 said the petition “raises a much larger issue of consequence to the entire city”.

“Some of these obstructions are so-called official or authorised structures including milk booths and even police chowkies. We fail to understand how a planning authority can claim to want to expand roads for motorists but make no provision at all for pedestrians, and, at the same time permit the reduction of what little pedestrian space does exist.”

The HC expanded the scope of the petition and based on the BMC stand, will pass an order of a larger conspectus.

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