By Accommodation Times News Services
The residents of south Mumbai are not happy with the new parking policy implemented by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), which seeks to hike parking charges in the city by 300 per cent, beginning with a pilot project with A-ward, which includes prime residential localities like Colaba, Cuffe Parade, Cooperage, Marine Drive. The residents are highly in against the new policy and they seek a reply from the BMC for their queries regarding the policy.
As per the policy, residents will be allowed to park their vehicles during the night on the road outside their buildings if there is no parking space available to them. Parking will be allowed only between 8 pm and 8 am. The monthly charges will be one third of the regular rates recovered for parking at pay-and-park lots for 30 days, which amounts to Rs 1,800 per month.
The residents, along with councillor Vinod Shekhar, have listed questions that have been sent to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte and Mayor Snehal Ambekar.
The new policy for parking had three different rates for three different wards, from Colaba-Mahim rates are Rs. 1,800 per month per car, while rates for western and eastern suburbs are Rs 1200 and Rs 600. The residents urged that why there is so vast difference in the rates of different wards, it is not necessary that every resident in A- ward is rich.
The residents are demanding for a public hearing by the municipal body as the new policy is implemented without their permission or discussion.
“The parking policy is not clear and fare, we are opposing the implementation of the policy, but it should be in favour of the residents, there should be a discussion on it.” said former corporator and A-Ward resident Vinod Shekhar.
Subhash Motwani of the Clean Heritage Colaba Residents’ Association (CHCRA), said, “The policy is not planned well and it does not favour residents. No proper ground work has been done before implementing it. Most of the buildings in the A-Ward do not have parking space and parking is allowed only at the night time.”