Spotted illegal parking in Mumbai? Log complaints on BMC website, helpline
The civic body is planning to set up a special parking authority for the city, as per Development Control and Promotion Regulations 2034, to regulate this issue.Updated: Jul 19, 2018 11:11 IST
A day after Bombay High Court asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Mumbai Police to act against illegally-parked vehicles, the civic body announced citizens could use its website (www.mcgm.gov.in) and a toll free helpline number (1916) to report vehicles flouting the parking rules.
The BMC is planning to set up a special parking authority for the city, as per Development Control and Promotion Regulations (DCPR) 2034, to regulate this issue. “The parking authority will unify all parking enforcement activities and agencies like police, traffic and the BMC under one agency. The authority will look into the parking holistically and also increase the parking pool in the city,” said Ajoy Mehta, municipal commissioner. No date or timeline has been provided for the establishment of this new authority.
At present, the BMC along with traffic police manage parking regulations in the city.
BMC seizes illegally-parked and abandoned vehicles under Section 314 of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, 1884. Owners have 48 hours before a vehicle is transported by the BMC to its godown. A list of seized vehicles is sent to the local and traffic police and forwarded to the Mumbai Police Crime Branch. The police then check the list for missing or stolen cars. If nobody claims the vehicle within three months, the BMC auctions the vehicle under Section 490 (3) of the Act. If the owners come forward, they are charged a penalty by the civic body. Civic officials informed that, auction of vehicles will be completed by August 10.
“A special parking authority under BMC is need of the hour. Also, this authority should go beyond deciding parking rates and look into auto, taxis, trucks that also ply on the road and need parking spaces. Road or transport infrastructure should also be included in its ambit,” said activist AV Shenoy, who works in the fields of transport, electricity and health.
Last year, the BMC had taken action against 2,231 vehicles. From January to October 2017, BMC collected a fine of Rs 1.38 crore.
First Published: Jul 19, 2018 01:02 IST