April 04, 2017

New Parking Policy Doubles Parking Rates

Doubles Parking

Shiv Sena corporator and BEST committee chairman Anil Kokil has sought clarification from the civic commissioner in a general body meeting on April 3 regarding the new parking policy that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has begun to implement from April 1.

Kokil claimed that it is pinching the pockets of Mumbaikars as it is double the previous amount. “The increase in the parking rates has added a huge burden on the people. So, the policy needs to cancelled,” Kokil said.

From April 1, the BMC started collecting revised parking charges, amounting to an increase of 300%. According to the new policy, even local residents have to pay for parking their vehicles on streets outside their buildings.

In this regard, Additional Municipal Commissioner of BMC Sanjay Deshmukh said, “The new parking policy is made to control the rising traffic menace in the city and also to make roadside parking legal. Sadly, today, anyone comes and parks vehicles without adhering to the basic parking rules.”

Deshmukh then said that the policy was implemented after a Bombay High Court ruling. Deshmukh further added that “The policy was supported by all party leaders in 2015, but as the issue was taken to the Bombay High Court (HC), it took time for implementation. However, the HC now passed the orders in favor of BMC; therefore, as decided, the project will start in South Mumbai.”

The new parking policy will be applied at 91 places across the city. If successful, it will be extended to 300 more places.

Supporting the move, BJP leader in BMC Manoj Kotak said, “The new parking policy is a good initiative to bring the city parking process into system. But to levy charges to the people occupying the roadside space under their buildings for parking vehicles will be considered only after taking the opinion of the people being affected.”

Earlier, four-wheelers were charged Rs 15 per hour, but now, according to the new policy, they will be charged Rs 60 per hour.

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