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Soon, pay more for parking

To discourage private vehicles on city roads, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to hike parking fees, reports Sujit Mahamulkar.

mumbai Updated: Oct 31, 2009 01:15 IST
Sujit Mahamulkar

Parking will cost you much more in Mumbai.

To discourage private vehicles on city roads, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to hike parking fees.

This is likely to be enforced in a week’s time.

For four-wheelers, it has proposed a 50 per cent hike for the first

two hours while it will go up by five-fold — from Re 1 to Rs 5 — for two wheelers.

For either category, charges will go up by Rs 5 every two years.

The nod for this proposal came with an amendment on Friday. The civic Improvement committee had put up the proposal in 2006.

The Shiv Sena has also demanded that those having domicile in Maharashtra would be liable to bid for the pay and park slots. The civic administration has agreed to the demand.

“The parking rates should be reviewed every five years instead of 30 years,” said Shiv Sena corporator Manmohan Chonkar.

For the first time, the BMC will launch a monthly pass facility for pay and park and 50 per cent charge will be imposed for night parking.

Earlier there were no charges for night parking.

“The civic Road and Traffic Department has drawn up the proposal for the new parking charges, which will be implemented after it is approved at the civic general body meeting,” said S.V. Joshi, chief engineer, civic Roads Department. “This is likely to happen next week.”

The new parking rates will be effective for the next 30 years with addition of Rs 5 for every two years for both four- and two-wheelers. Monthly passes will be valid only at one place and not all at all pay and park sites in the city.