The Maharashtra government is preparing a comprehensive master plan to deal with parking and congestion problems in the city by using parking lots as transfer hubs.
The plan is expected to be ready within 10 days. BMC’s Development Plan Department, which is responsible for this plan, will study all the proposed parking lots being constructed in the city under different schemes of the state government and the civic body. They will then assess modes of connectivity from these sites, which will be implemented by the authorities- the MMRDA, BMC and even BEST.
“The idea is to have a bus depot, a monorail, metro or some mode of public transport like the metro aligned with these multilevel parking lots, so people park their private vehicles at these places and hop on to public transport to come into the city,” said T.C. Benjamin, Principal Secretary with the state urban development department.
He added that formulating a plan when parking lots were being sanctioned will facilitate authorities to develop public transport facilities around it.
In August the BMC cleared a Rs 444-crore plan to develop seven underground car parks funded by the civic body — creating 1,400 parking slots — two at Crawford Market, two at Hutatma Chowk and the rest near Eros Cinema, Regal Cinema and Jehangir Art Gallery.
The state has also given a nod to 12 multi-level projects to be built on private property. A total of 67 applications under this project are being scrutinised.
“The 12 parking proposals approved will create 23,000 parking spaces are in the mill land area - central Mumbai. If we give good connectivity from there by public transport to South Mumbai, people might get dissuaded from driving private cars into the business districts,” he said.