For every 3 cars, just 1 parking slot in city
Every day, three cars slug it out for one parking slot in Mumbai, and the situation will only get worse, as the civic body’s study of Mumbai’s mobility shows the demand for space, both on the roads and off it, will only rise.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s comprehensive mobility plan (CMP) has found there is only one parking slot for every 2.57 cars on an average. This means, around 2.2 lakh privatelyowned vehicles have no parking space in the city. The demand for this space, called equivalent car parking space (ECPS), is estimated to rise to 5.38 lakh by 2034.
In just seven years, the city has seen an 8.5% rise in the number of cars, the study by the BMC-appointed consultant Lee Associates South Asia said. Every day, 825 new vehicles are registered.
To make space for parking, the study suggests creating a parking cell and charging for parking on roads. Experts say there is a need to mark parking zones, charge for parking and to determine these rates based on demand.