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BMC wakes up to parking woes

mumbai Updated: Dec 09, 2009 02:51 IST
Sujit Mahamulkar
Sujit Mahamulkar
Hindustan Times
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The municipality has 4,000 parking spaces in 84 pay-and-park lots for an estimated 11 lakh vehicles that use the city’s roads daily. That could explain why you struggle to find an empty spot at civic paid parking facilities in the city.

Having just found out that the majority of its parking lots can’t accommodate even one per cent of all the vehicles in Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to review its policy for parking infrastructure in the city, taking into account real-time figures for vehicle registrations.

There are about 16.32 lakh registered vehicles in Mumbai. Of that, an estimated 11 lakh use the city’s roads daily, while the BMC has parking space for only about 4,000 vehicles in its 84 pay-and-park lots (out of its total of 113 pay-and-park facilities). The outsourced contracts for those 84 lots are up for renewal this week.

The BMC has floated a tender for fresh 2-year contracts for these 84 lots, to be decided in two months. The Road and Traffic department re-assessed the availability of the parking space in the city, which revealed that about 4,000 private vehicles could be parked in these lots, while the number of private vehicles increasing more than one lakh every year.

S V Joshi, Chief Engineer (Roads and Traffic Department) said: “We’ve started the process of awarding new parking lot contracts”.

A traffic department official said on condition of anonymity: “We’ve reserved some 150 plots in the development plan for parking facilities, and plan to structure parking projects as public-private partnerships. We’re also considering underground parking.”

To discourage the use of private vehicles, the BMC had in October decided to hike parking fees.

For four-wheelers, it implemented a 50 per cent hike for the first two hours, and a five-fold hike – from Re 1 to Rs 5 – for two-wheelers. For both categories, charges will go up by Rs 5 every two years.

The BMC is set to launch a monthly pass facility for paid parking, and also plans to charge for nighttime parking, which has so far been free.

Such monthly passes can be used only at one specified lot, not across all the civic parking sites in the city.