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Plea challenging new parking rules of BMC filed in HC

Mumbai, Jul 12 (UNI) A petition challenging the recently framed
rules about towing and parking, announced by the Brihanmumbai
Municipal Corporation (BMC) was filed in the Bombay high court by a
housing society in south Mumbai terming it as "excessively harsh"
and an "extortion" by the BMC.
It may be recalled that the civic body has steeply increased the
fine for parking vehicles on roads outside authorised parking lots.
The fine amount now ranges from Rs 5,000 to Rs 15,000 depending on
the type of vehicle.
The petition, filed by the Chandralok B Society and its resident
Jignesh Shah, said that the BMC's decision was "unconstitutional"
and called it an "exercise of power to hold citizens to ransom and
forever keep them in terror only to enhance its revenue".
The 1,000 per cent rise in fine lacks rationale and it should be
held as illegal, it added.
The administration, having done nothing to provide adequate parking
facilities, cannot now seek to punish vehicle owners, the petition
stated.
The petition is likely to come up for hearing next week.
The rule to penalise people parking their vehicles in unauthorised
parking zones was brought into effect from July 7. The penalty is
applicable on all vehicles parked in a 500-metre radius of the 27
authorised public parking lots and 20 designated BEST depots in
Mumbai.
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