The new pay-and-park policy, which has already drawn flak from residents, is continuing to get a thumbs down.
Under the residential scheme, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will allot parking space on roads to a housing society and not individuals.
If you live in a housing society with insufficient parking space, you can get a parking spot nearby.
However, the housing society will have to apply to the civic body asking for the spot on a nearby road.
“Priority will be given to buildings which are near the demarcated parking space. If more than one building wants the space, the civic body will conduct a lottery,” said Sanjay Deshmukh, additional municipal commissioner.
After a housing society gets a parking space, it will be its responsibility to allot the space to flat owners and provide a security guard.
The others will have to park in the authorised parking lots in a nearby area.
The society will have to submit an application form with residential proof to the ward office to get a parking spot for 12 hours (8pm to 8am) on a yearly permit, which will have to be paid in advance.
As per the policy, each flat owner can be allotted parking space for only one car.
In the space-starved city, builders for years have been selling parking space in housing societies although they are not supposed to charge for it.
As a result, one family often has multiple parking spaces inside a building, forcing others to park outside.
Under the new parking policy aimed at freeing up space on roads, the civic body will not allow parking on roads during the day and charge residents for parking on roads at night.
Illegally parked vehicles on roads add to congestion as they reduce the space meant for vehicular traffic.
According to the rules issued by the BMC, housing societies will have to ensure that nobody parks in allocated spaces on the roads otherwise the offender will have to pay a fine and the vehicle towed away.