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Govt to appoint nine-member panel to study parking, traffic woes in Mumbai

The state government told the Bombay high court that the committee will identify and demark “parking management districts” in Mumbai and also earmark spaces within these districts for on-street, off-street parking and multi-level parking.

mumbai Updated: Sep 06, 2018 01:53 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Heavy traffic at Goregaon in Mumbai.
Heavy traffic at Goregaon in Mumbai. (Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
         

The state government on Wednesday informed the Bombay high court (HC) that it will appoint a nine-member committee of senior bureaucrats to look into all the issues related to scarcity of parking space and traffic congestion in the city.

According to an affidavit submitted by advocate general Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, the committee will comprise senior officials from the traffic police, transport department, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMDRA), Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL), BEST undertaking along with an official nominated by the Centre.

The affidavit stated that the committee will identify and demark “parking management districts” in Mumbai and also earmark spaces within these districts for on-street, off-street parking and multi-level parking. The committee will also identify no-parking zones. It is expected to suggest measures to enforce parking rules on zero-tolerance basis and suggest penalty for repeat offenders.

The experiment will be undertaken only in Mumbai for now and will be replicated in other metro cities in the state facing a similar situation, depending on its success.

Kumbhakoni was responding to a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by city NGO Janhit Manch raising concern about the increasing vehicles and subsequent deterioration in the traffic movement, primarily because of parking of four-wheelers on roadsides.

The PIL stated that a query under the Right to Information (RTI) Act revealed that parking-related offences increased nine-fold during four years before filing the PIL between 2005 and 2009 – from 36,206 to 3,22,932. The petitioner also told the court that the Development Control Regulations for the city provide for mandatory parking spaces for every building, but the rule was being blatantly violated.

According to statistics earlier tendered before the HC, the number of vehicles on roads in Mumbai everyday had gone up by 28.95 % between 2007 and 2011 — from 15,03,445 in 2007 to 19,38,661 in 2011. During the same period, the number of vehicles on roads in Thane increased by 35.26 % — from 10,25,594 to 13,87,236.

First Published: Sep 06, 2018 01:53 IST

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