MCGM wants to apply the brakes on vehicles in the city so either you shell out more for parking with each passing year or watch your car sit tidily in the garage. In a bid to cope with traffic congestion and shortage of parking space, the civic body is all set to implement a four-fold hike in parking charges. MCGM hopes steeper rates will deter people from bringing their vehicles on the roads to some extent. We spoke with the Mayor Dr. Shubha Raul to know more on this change in parking charges. While parking charges for four-wheelers are likely to be hiked from Rs5 per hour to Rs22 per hour, for two-wheelers it will be Rs5 per hour from the current Re1. The same rates will apply for the entire city. Once approved by the standing committee, the rates will be effective for the next 30 years with a 5% annual hike. You will have to fork out the same amount for multi-storey parking too. The traffic department has drawn up the proposal for the new parking charges, which after administrative approval, will be placed before the standing committee. The attempt by MCGM is set to discourage owners from bringing their vehicles on the roads and, instead, opt for public transport. Currently, there are more than 14 lakh private vehicles in the city. The number increases by 6% every year, but infrastructure has not been able to keep pace with this. With Ashok Jagtap, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.
December 14, 2018
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