Emer­gency park­ing con­cept at Vashi gets mixed re­sponse

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The con­cept of emer­gency park­ing in­tro­duced by the NMMC at sec­tor 17 of Vashi has evoked mixed re­sponse from res­i­dents.

The NMMC is charg­ing Rs100 for an hour for four-wheel­ers and Rs50 for two-wheel­ers for park­ing in the stretch on Vashi Turbhe Road along sec­tor 17 till Arenja Cor­ner.

Lo­cal es­tab­lish­ments said their busi­ness will suf­fer as their pa­trons will pre­fer other ar­eas. A restau­rant owner said, “Who will pay Rs100 for park­ing to eat idli-sam­bar at my joint? This is go­ing to hit us hard.”

Vikas Dixit, a motorist, said: “This is a steep hike and is caus­ing a lot of prob­lem for us. We are forced to go all the way to the nul­lah area where we have to park the ve­hi­cle.”

There are oth­ers who feel it is the right de­ci­sion. “Un­less such a step is in­tro­duced, there will be no dis­ci­pline among mo­torists. This will de­con­gest Sec­tor 17,” said San­jeev Gupta, a busi­ness­man.

Speak­ing on the is­sue, mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe said, “We have in­tro­duced the con­cept of emer­gency park­ing to de­con­gest the area. It is not as if the park­ing rates have been hiked all over.”

He added, “Mo­torists can park at just Rs10 an hour on the nul­lah park­ing area that is across the road. We have made sure that there are op­tions.” One has to pay Rs100 to park a two-wheeler on the stretch at sec­tor 17 in Vashi.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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