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Navi Mumbai to get new parking policy in three months

NMMC conducts survey to understand parking-related issues, new policy will be based on survey reports

mumbai Updated: Aug 06, 2017 00:20 IST
Pranab Jyoti Bhuyan
Pranab Jyoti Bhuyan
Hindustan Times
NMMC,Navi Mumbai,Mumbai suburbs
Vehicles are parked on a road at Sanpada, leaving little space for motorists.(Bachchan Kumar)

If everything goes according to plans, Navi Mumbai will get a new parking policy in next three months.

The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) recently conducted a survey in the city to understand parking-related issues and the number of residents living in specific areas and the type of vehicles they own.

A draft of the policy will be prepared based on the survey reports.

“After analysing the survey reports, we will submit them to the general body. As soon as we receive the approval from the general body, the new parking policy will be implemented in the city. It will take us around three months to clear all the formalities,” said Ramesh Chavan, additional commissioner of NMMC.

Chavan made it clear that the city will not get new parking lots but the old plots would be utilised.

“The residents will be allowed to use all the plots we received from City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) for developing parking lots. We have also taken suggestions and objections received from the city traffic department. Based on them, we will allow residents to park vehicles along roads too,” he said.

Chavan said that they are yet to decide on parking charges.

“We are following rules drafted in 2002. But the number of the vehicles have increased manifold in the city since then and so have the parking issues. We are sure of solving the parking issues once the new policy is in place,” he added.

Another senior officer from the NMMC said that the analysis of the survey reports will take them a month.

The reports will be submitted to the general body in September. Even as the number of vehicles is increasing, there are no proper parking rules.

People park their vehicles on roads, creating endless traffic snarls. An NMMC official said the city has 110 parking lots.

According to sources from the Navi Mumbai RTO, 41,417 new vehicles were registered in the last financial year (2016-2017).

As many as 45,423 new vehicles were registered in the city in 2015-2016. The total vehicles count is 4,25,938.

Activists from the city suggest that while drafting the new policy, the NMMC should also visualise the city’s problems after five years or 10 years.

Hemant Sharma, transport expert from Vashi, said, “Several buildings in the city are on the verge of redevelopment. Some plots meant for residential buildings are lying vacant. While drafting the policy, the NMMC should take into account vehicles of new residents.”

Sharma said that implementation of the policy is important after it is introduced.

“It has been observed that despite having parking lots, people do not use them and park vehicles wherever they can. The traffic department also has a bigger role to play in monitoring vehicles,” he added.

First Published: Aug 06, 2017 00:20 IST