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Parking policy gets poor response in Mumbai

Under the residential parking scheme, the citizens are allowed to park on roads outside their housing societies from 8pm to 8am after six months’ payment.

mumbai Updated: Feb 13, 2018 00:45 IST
Sanjana Bhalerao
Sanjana Bhalerao
Hindustan Times
Under the residential parking scheme, the citizens are allowed to park on roads outside their housing societies from 8pm to 8am after six months’ payment.
Under the residential parking scheme, the citizens are allowed to park on roads outside their housing societies from 8pm to 8am after six months’ payment.(FILE)

The parking policy, which is meant to encourage citizens to use public transport and fine them for illegal parking, is delayed again, this time owing to lack of public response.

Under the residential parking scheme, the citizens are allowed to park on roads outside their housing societies from 8pm to 8am after six months’ payment. After getting municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta’s nod for night parking in ‘A’ ward (Churchgate, Cuffe Parade, Kala Ghoda) in January, the BMC received applications from 235 car owners or 39 housing societies requesting parking space on roads. Of them, 69 were rejected. The civic body sent payment notices of Rs1,800 a month to 20 housing societies or 166 car owners who received the no-objection certificate from the traffic police to park on roads. However, only seven housing societies have paid the fees, while three others refused as parking will be allowed for only 12 hours. The remaining have been delaying fee payment.

Taking note of the poor response, the BMC will meet citizen activists in south Mumbai this week. “There was no deadline for paying parking fees. However, as it is a pilot project we only have non-objection certificate from traffic police for six months,” said Kiran Dighavkar, assistant municipal commissioner, A ward. “Many residents had doubts regarding parking timings, towing of vehicles and parking fees. We will also answer these queries in the meetings.”

The area has a population of nearly 1 lakh 50 thousand people and also sees a floating population of 8 lakh daily. ‘A’ ward is a prime location for commercial complexes and government buildings and sees a heavy density of vehicular traffic. The area also falls under ‘A’ category or the busiest category where parking rates are the highest. The list of roads was forwarded by the BMC to the traffic police department for no-objection certificates and final approval before implementation.

The BMC had said that the scheme is optional. But if a vehicle is illegally parked or at someone’s allocated spot, it will be towed away. Transport experts have welcomed the policy. “It is a comprehensive policy and it will de-congest roads. The only option left with the civic body is to be stringent. The BMC should make the policy compulsory and tow away vehicles if they are illegally parked,” said AV Shenoy, road safety/transport expert, Mumbai Vikas Samiti.