After South Mumbai residents demand 24X7 parking, BMC asks traffic department to review policy

Residents have demanded that the spot allotted to them be available 24X7 like in housing societies.

mumbai Updated: Aug 14, 2017 10:20 IST
Sanjana Bhalerao
Sanjana Bhalerao
Hindustan Times
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Under the residential scheme, people who live in a housing society with insufficient parking space are eligible for a spot for 12 hours at night.(Hindustan Times)

Following the demands by A-ward residents for round-the-clock road parking instead of at night, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has asked the traffic department to review the policy.

Under the residential scheme, people who live in a housing society with insufficient parking space are eligible for a spot for 12 hours at night. However, residents have demanded that the spot allotted to them be available 24X7 like in housing societies.

Kiran Dighavkar, assistant municipal commissioner, who is implementing the pilot project in A-ward (which includes Churchagte, Nariman Point, Colaba, Kala Ghoda), said, “We have asked the traffic department if some roads can be allowed for parking for more than 12 hours. We will need a no-objection certificate(NOC)  for the traffic department and a decision will be taken after that.”

Residents and their associations have demanded for more clarity on the policy. “ What will happen to the spot after the 12-hour shift, will it be open to others for parking or will it be demarcated as a no-parking zone?” asked Subhash Motwani,president of Clean Heritage Colaba Residents Association, one of the groups which are opposing the policy.

Residents had earlier said that they were willing to pay more if certain measures pertaining to the law and order were taken. One of their contentions is what action will follow if an unauthorised person uses a reserved slot.

According to the policy, you must submit an application form with residential proof to the ward office to get a parking spot from 8pm to 8am for an annual permit.

The BMC has sent the applications and the list of roads to the traffic department for NOCs. A civic official said the BMC had received an in-principal approval from the department. In the past two months, the BMC has received application from 28 societies for parking on roads.

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First Published: Aug 14, 2017 10:19 IST