Still waiting for a clearance for the new parking policy, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to continue with the old parking rates and has floated tenders to appoint contractors for three multi-level parking lots in Mumbai.
This will help accommodate at least 1,434 vehicles and the charges will be as per the old rates.
The multi-level parking lots are at Lower Parel, Kanjurmarg and the BMC will soon be taking possession of the one at Powai.
After facing stiff opposition, the government had stayed the pilot implementation of the BMC’s parking policy, which had hiked parking charges by 300%. The meant citizens currently paying Rs15 for an hour to park their vehicle would end up paying Rs60.
The pilot project was to be implemented in A ward (Churchgate, Colaba and Fort). The BMC had justified the hike saying the new charges would discourage motorists f rom taking their vehicles out on the road, especially in south Mumbai, which will help decongest the city.
According to BMC officials, they decided to issue the contracts as there was no time limit on the stay, and they feared that the fate of the new pay-and-park policy would be decided only after the civic elections in 2017.
“The stay on the policy doesn’t seem to ending anytime soon. If the new policy was approved, the revenue would be higher. But we can’t wait indefinitely and hence floated the tenders last month,” said a civic official.
These contracts will be given for two years. However, it will have a clause stating that rates will be revised when the new policy is approved, the official said.
The parking lot at Powai will be able to accommodate about 185 vehicles, while the one at Lower Parel has a capacity for 847, and the one at Kanjurmarg has 402.
“Out of the 59 proposals that the BMC has passed under DCR 33 (24), we have been handed over three parking lots till now, all of which are multi-level,” said Sanjay Darade, deputy chief engineer, roads and traffic.