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Five months on, Mumbai civic body’s traffic policy yet to get nod from traffic department

After several protests from citizens, the Mumbai civic body had received applications from 200 car owners requesting parking space on roads, outside their housing societies

mumbai Updated: Sep 25, 2017 10:12 IST
Sanjana Bhalerao
Sanjana Bhalerao
Hindustan Times
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A civic official said that despite answering all queries, the transport department has not revealed its stand on the policy. (HT File)

The parking policy, which is meant to encourage citizens to use public transport and fine them for illegal parking, is set to go back to the drawing board once again. Nearly five months after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) wanted to implement the policy in the city, it is still awaiting approval from the traffic department.

A civic official said that despite answering all queries, the transport department has not revealed its stand on the policy.

After the state government approved the policy just before the civic elections in February, the BMC had planned to implement it in A ward (Churchgate, Cuffe Parade and Kala Ghoda) on a pilot basis for six months, before expanding it to the entire city. The BMC is nearing its six-month deadline.

Under the residential scheme, citizens can park on roads at night for a monthly fee ranging between Rs600 and Rs1,800 for 12 hours. Motorists found parking on non-degisnated roads at certain hours will have to pay a hefty fine.

After several protests from citizens, the BMC had received applications from 200 car owners requesting parking space on roads, outside their housing societies.

The list of roads was forwarded by the BMC to the traffic police department for no-objection certificates and final approval before implementation.

However, even after several deliberations, presentation and discussions, the traffic department is neither approving nor rejecting the proposal.

After requests from citizens, the civic body had also asked the traffic department to check the feasibility of 24x7 parking on roads.

Meanwhile, on September 12, the traffic police banned heavy vehicles and put parking restrictions on vehicles heading towards south Mumbai. However, the order has been put on hold following protests.

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had planned parking policy in A Ward from April

A ward includes, Churchagte, Nariman Point, Colaba and Kala Ghoda.

Residential permits:

If you live in a housing society with minimal parking space, you can avail of the residential permit scheme.

The BMC will give yearly permits and allot slots to buildings and housing societies with no parking space in their premises

Depending upon the zoning, residents will have to pay between Rs 600 and Rs 1800 monthly.

All residential parking spots will be marked with yellow paint and allotted after approval from the traffic department

You have to pay a hefty fine if you park your car near multi-level parking lots. In fact, you have to pay four times the charge for parking on roads if your vehicle is within a 0.5-km radius of a multi-level parking lot.

The BMC has given 50% of parking lots near tourist spots on holidays and Sundays

First Published: Sep 25, 2017 10:12 IST