Three months after the 26/11 terror strikes,the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to ban parking of vehicles from Metro Junction to CST,for security reasons. As per the decision,parking will be banned on the roads surrounding the heritage BMC headquarters.
The civic road department has sent a letter to the Traffic police regarding no parking of vehicles on roads around the BMC headquarters. Additional municipal commissioner R A Rajeev said a letter was sent to the Traffic police,but no response has been received so far. We have recommended no parking on roads since there is already a pay and parking facility available at the Quilla Court. So there is no need to park vehicles on the roads, he said.
Rajeev said there was enough parking facility near Cannon Pav Bhaji stall next to Azad Maidan where 39 vehicles can be parked. According to him,this parking lot will be used by the BMC officials,while the pay and park facility near Quilla Court can be used by the public.
The roads leading to the BMC are crowded during the monthly general body meetings which are required to be attended by all the 227 corporators.
The civic administration has already asked the corporators not to park vehicles on its premises and at the basement parking lot. They were also told not to park their vehicles in one km radius from the headquarters.
The traffic police will be asked to relax the norm of no parking on roads during the corporation meetings so that corporators can park their vehicles. Otherwise,the roads should be kept free from parking, Rajeev said.
Joint commissioner of police (traffic),Sanjay Barve was not available for comment.