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BMC sweetens tender norms to woo contractors for parking spaces

These multi-storey parking lots are in the suburbs, while the street parking lots are in south Mumbai, Chembur and Bandra

mumbai Updated: Aug 13, 2018 00:08 IST
Eeshanpriya MS
Eeshanpriya MS
Hindustan Times
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Parking lots in Jupiter mill Senapati Bapat Marg in Elphinstone in Mumbai.(HT Photo)

To attract bidders for its 31 street parking lots and four multi-storey public parking areas, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has sweetened the tender norms — from reduced rates to scrapping reservations to relaxed eligibility criteria — for them.

These multi-storey parking lots are in the suburbs, while the street parking lots are in south Mumbai, Chembur and Bandra.

Despite floating tenders for the above mentioned parking lots three times, the BMC has failed to find contractors.

A senior civic official said, “We will float tenders for a fourth time now for the multi-storey parking areas. According to the new rules, bidders will pay between Rs3 lakh and Rs8 lakh a month, which is 30% less than the earlier rate.”

BMC has also brought down the rates for street parking lots, but is yet to specify the amount.

The four multi-storey public parking areas are in Mulund, Vikhroli, Goregaon and Andheri. The Andheri lot falls under the A category, while the rest come under the B category.

According to the BMC’s parking policy, the city has been divided into three zones for parking, based on footfall, vehicular traffic and demand for parking space. Areas with heavy vehicular traffic, such as South Mumbai’s Colaba, Churchgate, Dadar, Parel, Bandra and Andheri in the suburbs are in the A category, whereas most areas of the suburbs fall in the B category. Parking fees for the areas vary.

Rates at these places range between Rs40 and Rs60 an hour for a four-wheeler, and between Rs5 and Rs15 an hour for a two-wheeler.

BMC charges contractors on the assumption that 80% of the parking space will be used during the day, and 40% at night. The official quoted above said, “Based on this, we calculate the contractor’s profit, and his monthly fee to BMC. But in reality, no one uses these parking lots at night. Now, BMC has relaxed rules further, and we assume 60% of space will be used during day, and 40% at night.”

BMC has also relaxed reservations for contractors. The earlier tender rules had 50% parking spaces reserved for self-help groups, and 25% for unemployed youth not above 30 years. The rest 25% plots are in the open category. Now, there is no reservation.

First Published: Aug 13, 2018 00:07 IST