CAR PARKING - Common areas in society not for parking: HC
“Air pollution is not the only environmental impact that vehicles cause. Parking of excess cars in open areas reduces available space underneath them for rainwater harvesting, which enables charging of aquifers--another adverse impact on environment,“ the bench observed while imposing a cost of Rs 1 lakh on a man who owned four cars and dragged his residential society to court for charging him extra for parking. Not only the pollution from the exhausts of cars, the movement of vehicles contributes to dust and adds to the particulate pollution in the atmosphere in the society, the court said.
“The common areas are meant for the utilization by all members and no one member can appropriate the same to his personal use, even temporarily as for the purposes of parking of additional cars,“ the bench said, underlining how obstruction by parking in a common space “could have disastrous consequences, as best illustrated by the Uphaar tragedy“.