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Free parking at tourist spots soon: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation
BMC plans to offer the service on holidays and weekends; proposes to
introduce a team of parking marshals.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to offer free
parking at tourist spots on weekends and public holidays.
The proposal, mentioned in the revised policy, was made in response to
suggestions by the BMC group leaders earlier this month. The revised policy
will be discussed by members of improvement committee next week.
The BMC has already decided to increase charges at parking lots in busy areas
of the city.
Confirming the move, additional municipal commissioner SVR Srinivas, said the
BMC will carry out regular studies to know areas frequented by tourists the
most on weekends and holidays.
“We will give free parking in areas near Gateway of India or a beach like
Girgaum. We will identify other places too where people make a beeline on
holidays,” the official said.
In addition to this, the department has proposed to introduce a team of
parking marshals. These men, like BMC’s clean up marshals, will ensure
proper execution of the new policy. Their main role will be to crack down on
those who evade parking charges. The BMC has not yet decided the number of
parking marshals to be appointed. “For now, we are only proposing their
appointment. Once the proposal is cleared by the committee and the general
body, the men will be appointed,” added Srinivas.
According to another civic official, the BMC has 88 pay-and-park lots, of
which at least 50 lots have complaints of motorists not paying for parking.
“Hence, the marshals are being appointed. Their job is to clamp the vehicle
if a motorist refuses to pay. Thus, we will be able to deter them. Until now,
there was no punishment given to those who didn’t pay,” an officer said,
on condition of anonymity. Meanwhile, officials hinted the administration may
not slash rates in the revised policy, despite what improvement committee
chief Ram Barot said last week. The committee members had last month deferred
their decision on the policy citing the parking rates proposed were
The proposed rates
The BMC has proposed rates based on business of the areas where its parking
lots are located.
Commercial complexes, corporate and government offices, etc will be put in
‘A’ category — the parking rate proposed is Rs60 per hour. In ‘B’
and ‘C’ categories – less busier compared to A category - the rates
will be Rs40 and Rs20 per hour, respectively. The present per hour rate is