166 car owners in south Mumbai to get parking spots at night
The BMC will collect Rs17.92 lakh for six months.mumbai Updated: Jan 23, 2018 09:27 IST
After dilly-dallying for more than three years, the civic body is all set to roll out the parking policy.
After getting municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta’s approval for night parking in A ward which comprises Churchgate, Cuffe Parade and Kala Ghoda, the civic body will give night parking slots to 166 car owners for six months.
After the no-objection certificate from the traffic police, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday sent notices to 166 car owners belonging to 20 housing societies, asking them to pay Rs1,800 a month.
The BMC will collect Rs17.92 lakh for six months.
“We have asked 20 housing societies to pay for six months in advance. After receiving the payment, we will put up signboards with the timings and also mark the slots with yellow paint, designating them as residential parking spots,” said Kiran Dighavkar, assistant municipal commissioner, ward A.
Under the recently approved residential scheme, citizens will be allowed to park on roads at night for a monthly fee ranging from Rs600 to Rs1,800 for 12 hours (from 8pm to 8am).
The policy is meant to encourage citizens to use public transport and fine them for illegal parking.
After numerous objections over the parking rules and charges from citizens, the BMC received applications from 235 car owners from 39 housing societies, requesting for parking space on roads.
A ward is a prime location in south Mumbai for commercial complexes and government buildings and sees a heavy density of vehicular traffic. The area has a population of around 1.5 lakh people and also sees a floating population of 8 lakh daily.
The area also falls under ‘A’ category or the busiest category where parking rates are the highest. The list of roads was forwarded by the BMC to the traffic police department for no-objection certificates and final approval to implement the policy. The traffic police rejected 69 applications because most of the roads have been dug up for Metro work.