After a two-year delay, the pay-and-park facility is likely to start from monsoon if all goes according to the Thane Municipal Corporation’s plan.
It has claimed that tenders have been called to appoint an operator to manage the facility, which will be technically advanced with mobile applications and online payment facilities.
The TMC has selected 177 roads from each ward for pay-and-park facility. This will provide 9,855 parking spaces across the city, which includes 4,571 two-wheeler parking, 2,242 for three wheelers, 2,703 for four-wheelers and 339 for heavy vehicles.
A civic official requesting anonymity said, “We have called for tenders and the technical bid is already opened. Once the tenders are finalised by the standing committee, the agency can start implementation work. The process might take one to one and half months.”
The pay-and-park facility was slated to start in October last year but has been stalled as the TMC has not appointed an operating agency.
“We are planning to start it in monsoon this year. The work of marking the parking lots on roads has already begun. We have also started putting up useful signage,” said the official.
As the TMC had not hired an agency, it proposed to start night parking system and appealed to the people to take out passes to park on the roads during the night. But, the appeal received no response from residents and it failed to take off.
The parking system will be upgraded to be on par with that in Bangalore. “We will create a modern parking management system. The hired operator will also create mobile and web-based application through which the residents will know the parking spaces available in the nearest parking lot and the rate of parking,” the officer added.
Through the app, the TMC will also get information on the revenue generated. The operator will also fix sensors at parking plots along with digital parking meters. The budget to set up the entire system is Rs52 crore. The corporation will pay 30 per cent, which is Rs15 crore. The rest will be paid by the operator. The corporation will have a 25% to 50% share in the revenue.
WHAT THE POLICY SAYS
As per the policy, the TMC had selected 177 roads from each ward for pay-and-park facility.
It will create 9,855 parking places in the city, which includes 4,571 two-wheeler parking, 2,242 for three wheeler, 2,703 for four-wheeler and 339 for heavy vehicles.
The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has 27 plots reserved for parking across the city. Out of these, it has developed only three in the last three decades.
In 2008, the TMC conducted an integrated traffic survey based on which the parking policy was formulated in 2014.
The policy is based on National Urban Transport Police whose main aim is to free up roads for vehicles and increase parking charges to encourage the use of public transport. The policy was supposed to be implemented in 2015.