Parking on roads may soon be a thing of the past. The MCGM has worked out a strategy to ban parking on arterial roads and corridors. The Standing Committee approved a proposal to build seven underground automated multi-storeyed public parking bays between Regal Cinema and Crawford Market. However, there was opposition to the proposal as members said that the proposal was approved with special concessions because the contractor is the son in law of Sena leader Manohar Joshi. This week, the Standing Committee of MCGM has approved seven underground automated multi-storeyed public parking bays to be built at a cost of Rs. 444 crore, will have a capacity to keep 1,400 cars. Once these bays start functioning, parking on the roads in these areas will not be allowed. The civic body wants to phase out the pay-and-park facilities from other parts of the city as well. MCGM Standing Committee Chairman Ravindra Waikar informed that Crawford Market and Regal Talkies are two important places in Mumbai, therefore two underground parking will be made at the market and five parking at Regal Talkies. The MCGM has devised a five-point strategy to ease parking woes in the city. Apart from discontinuing parking on roads, the MCGM has decided to revise the tariff and introduce two-hourly slabs to determine the parking fees. Civic officials wanted an additional Rs. 5 to be charged after every two hours of parking but Standing Committee Chairman Ravindra Waikar informed us that Rs. 30 to Rs. 40 will be charged for every hour of parking. NCP Corporator Niyaz Ahmed opposed the proposal stating that ruling party had approved the proposal with unjustified subsidies as it belonged to a private firm, connected to the son-in-law of senior Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi. However, Ravindra Waikar defended their decision stating that they have maintained transparency in selection of the firm. But even this justification was opposed by Niyaz Ahmed who says that MCGM invited only 9 companies and selected a company according to its own choice. With Hansraj Kanojia, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.
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