Finding space to park your vehicle does not come easy in the city. While nearly 20 lakh vehicles ply on the roads daily, the city has less than 150 legal parking lots. To tackle this, the municipality has drawn up a new plan for regulating on-street parking. It has decided to set up a Parking Authority, unifying all parking enforcement activities under one agency.
The revised development plan for Mumbai has proposed creation of the enforcing authority on the lines of parking models implemented in most developed cities in the United States and Europe. “The plan is to monitor and regulate parking requirements on a real time basis,” said a civic official.
Ramanath Jha, Officer of Special Duty, overseeing the development plan revision process, said, “The parking authority will develop regulations for management of parking spaces and integrate it on a digital platform. It shall prepare GIS maps of all parking spaces in Mumbai.”
“The regulations will cover restrictions of locations for parking and fees associated with it. It shall also evolve a policy for setting up new parking zones, offer long-term rental parking privileges. It shall also be the enforcement agency for parking violations,” Jha further said.
Civic commissioner Ajoy Mehta said the concept is that a citizen looking for a space to park his vehicle should be able to view available car parking slots across the city in advance. Civic officials conceded that “parking management was inefficient and can be confusing for people.”
There have also been complaints of over-collection or unreasonable parking charges and illegal parking lots.
A comprehensive mobility plan, commissioned by city officials, had earlier recommended creation of a unified agency.
The new model will be run on a public private partnership basis on some level, but would have the municipality as the nodal agency. Meanwhile, as reported in The Indian Express, the revised development plan has liberalised requirements for car parking slots inside housing societies and commercial establishments to push more cars off the street.
The civic body has decided to make spatial provisions for parking requirement for motorbikes inside such campuses.
The BMC plans to charge higher premiums on telescopic basis for off-street parking spaces created over and above planning requirements.
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