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Curbing illegal parking is traffic cops’ duty, says civic body

india Updated: Jun 25, 2009 01:06 IST
HT Political Bureau

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said on Wednesday said that cracking down on illegal parking is the job of the traffic police.

Last week, the Bombay High Court had asked the civic body to clamp down on illegally parked vehicles.

“The problem of illegal parking is dealt by the traffic police,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner RA Rajeev.

Rajeev said he would act only after studying the order.

Meanwhile, the civic body’s plan to hike charges for parking lots seem to be put on the backburner.

The idea behind hiking change was to discourage people from using their vehicles which could have eased traffic on the streets.

However, with an eye on the impending Assembly elections, political parties have opposed the hike.

As per the revised plan, charges to park a four-wheeler would be Rs 10 per hour — twice as much the current rate.

For two-wheelers it would be five times the present rate, taking it to Rs 5 per hour.

The last time parking charges had been revised was in 1996.

“The move would have regulated traffic on the roads but our proposed plan is pending with the Improvements committee,” said Shridhar Joshi, chief engineer, (Roads).