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Parking to cost more

india Updated: Feb 24, 2009 01:33 IST
Sujit Mahamulkar
Sujit Mahamulkar
Hindustan Times
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In a bid to ease traffic congestion, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has proposed a steep hike in parking charges across Mumbai.

Charges for four-wheelers will double, while two-wheelers will have to pay five times more.

Four-wheelers will pay Rs 10 from the present Rs 5, while two-wheelers will pay Rs 5 from the present Re 1 per hour. Parking charges at night will be half of those for the day.

For both categories, charges will rise by Rs 5 every two years.

The BMC also plans to introduce pre-paid monthly parking passes, each valid for a particular parking site only. They will cost Rs 330 for two-wheelers and Rs 1,100 for four-wheelers from 8 am to 8 pm. They will cost Rs 165 and Rs 550 respectively for the 8 pm to 8 am slots.

The proposal, drawn up by the civic Road and Traffic Department, will be implemented after getting the civic general body’s nod. The proposal will be first put up before the Improvements Committee on Tuesday.

The new rates will be valid for 30 years.

The BMC is also planning to build multi-storeyed parking lots at seven sites in a bid to cope with the congestion and shortage of parking space.

The BMC hopes the steeper rates will push people to opt for public transport instead of driving to their destinations. Chief Engineer (Roads) SG Ghorpade said: “Now it is up to the Improvements Committee to pass or reject the proposal.”

The ruling Shiv Sena is undecided on the proposal. Shailesh Phanse, chairman of the Improvements Committee, said: “I will speak to our senior leaders and then decide.”

There are over 14 lakh private vehicles in Mumbai, a number rising by 6 per cent every year. A Road Department official said: “The hike in parking charges is to discourage citizens from bringing their vehicles on the roads. This will help decongest roads, mainly in South Mumbai.”