Taking note of the traffic congestion around the High Court complex, the Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi Traffic Police to ensure that no vehicles are parked on Sher Shah Road, which houses the Court complex.
"Police shall take all steps necessary to clear the cars which are parked regardless of their owners (litigants, officials or lawyers). This direction shall be implemented immediately upon expiry of a week...
... Every endeavor should be made by the Bar Association to ensure that there is no parking around the vicinity of High Court," the Bench comprising Justice S. Ravindra Bhat and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva ordered.
It also directed that the litigants and officials be made aware of the Underground Automated Parking Lot facility. Manual transmission vehicles, it said, should be parked within the Underground Automated Parking Lot as far as possible.
Further, the High Court Establishment (HCE) has been ordered to consider the feasibility of providing a "technical solution" for parking of automatic transmission vehicles, having regard to the facilities available in the Underground Automated Parking Lot. The HCE is also expected to explore the option of an "open stack parking", of the kind used in Rohini.
The proceedings before the Court had emanated from the demise of an Advocate who could not reach the hospital on time due to congestion on the road. The Court had then, in an earlier order, taken serious note of the (a) lack of proper medical facilities to respond to an emergency and (b) traffic congestion adjacent to and in the vicinity of the Court.
The matter has now been directed to be listed on 6 December. The concerned Director/Official-in-Charge of the Medical Centre of the High Court is to be present on the next date of the hearing. Further, the Principal Judge in-charge of each District Court complex has been directed to file fresh status reports on traffic congestion.