“If any establishment is found to be running without required parking space, action, including closure, should be taken against such restaurants and pubs,” MA&UD department principal secretary Arvind Kumar said in an order issued on Tuesday.
The department has initiated action as a large number of complaints were being received from people claiming that vehicles of customers of commercial establishments were being parked on roads and sub-roads, especially on Road No. 36, Road No. 45, Road No 46 and Road No 33 of Jubilee Hills, causing inconvenience to road-users and residents even during late nights.
According to the Building Rules, every commercial establishment has to provide 44% of their built-up area for parking, while multiplexes should have 66% parking area. However, most pubs and restaurants were violating rules, forcing customers to park their vehicles on roads.
“Parking vehicles haphazardly on the road is not only causing traffic problems, but also causing inconvenience to the residents of that area” the officer said.
The GHMC had a couple of months ago conducted a special drive on bars and restaurants not complying with fire safety norms. The inspections were conducted not only in upmarket areas like Jubilee Hills, Banjara Hills, but also in areas like Dilsukhnagar, Vansathalipuram, LB Nagar, Kothapet and Panjagutta. Apart from fire safety norms, with many restaurants having encroached upon footpaths, the GHMC had even sealed some commercial establishments.