For ev­ery 3 cars, just 1 park­ing slot in city

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Tanushree Venka­tra­man tanushree.venka­tra­man@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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