The development authority implementing the fully-underground Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro is planning to make provisions for parking lots near the proposed stations to boost ridership and increase passenger convenience.
However,commuters on the under-construction Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar corridor the citys first Metro are not likely to be able to enjoy the same privilege due to lack of planning and paucity of land.
The plan to have parking facilities along the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz line is at a very preliminary stage. We are in the process of identifying the stations along the route that would be ideal to have parking facilities in the vicinity, Metropolitan Commissioner Rahul Asthana said.
There is no chance we could have such facilities on the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar line though it would be beneficial. There is no space there, Asthana said,adding the MMRDA may explore parking options around stations along the Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd line.
The development body will write to the state government requesting the latter to hand over public land around the stations on Colaba-Bandra-Seepz line for the development of parking facilities.
The 33.5-kilometre Colaba-Bandra-Seepz corridor to be built at a cost of Rs 21,000 crore will have 27 stations and will pass through major transport hubs such as Churchgate,CST,Mumbai Central,Dadar and the domestic and international airports.
Anil Wankhede,deputy metropolitan commissioner and in charge of MMRDAs lands cell,said creating parking lots would be difficult even for the first monorail line running from Chembur to Wadala. Currently there is little land available on Chembur side. At the most we can provide for parking on the Wadala side,but it is not essential as there is enough space to park cars, Wankhede said.
Meanwhile,the MMRDA plans to request the state government to consider transit-oriented development and allow collection of higher development charges from commercial development along the alignment of major transport infrastructure projects such as the Monorail and the Metro.
If collecting higher development charges is not possible,the state government should consider providing extra floor-space-index for commercial development along the alignment of these projects.
This way the MMRDA will get a share of the appreciation of property prices in the areas brought about by the transport projects and ensure a steady flow of revenue to finance more projects in the future, Asthana said.