Pay and park in Thane to start af­ter mon­soon MORE VE­HI­CLES

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Megha Pol megha.pol@hin­dus­tan­

The re­cent death of a se­nior cit­i­zen while chas­ing his two-wheeler which was be­ing towed away, has brought to the fore the lack of park­ing spa­ces in the city.

The Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion’s pro­posed park­ing pol­icy aimed at start­ing pay and parks on ma­jor city roads has been de­layed for over two years. This was be­cause the ad­min­is­tra­tion and the gen­eral body did not agree on the park­ing rates.

The civic of­fi­cials agreed that the ten­ders are still not floated and the pol­icy will be im­ple­mented only post mon­soon.

Even as the TMC is pro­mot­ing Thane as a smart city, it has no proper park­ing fa­cil­ity. The park­ing pol­icy pro­poses to start pay and park on 177 city roads.

A civic of­fi­cial, re­quest­ing anonymity, said: “The pol­icy was stuck as the rates pro­posed by us were termed as high by the gen­eral body. We have fi­nally agreed to the rates given by the gen­eral body.”

“We have de­cided to call Ve­hi­cles parked along the ser­vice road at Har­das Na­gar in Thane’s Ma­ji­wada area.

ward-wise ten­ders for ev­ery ward, thus the ten­der­ing will take at least an­other month. The pay-and-park fa­cil­ity can be started only af­ter mon­soon,” the of­fi­cial said.

He said the pay and park ar­eas need to be de­mar­cated. The ar­eas marked with yel­low lines and sig­nages of park­ing rates need to be put up which can be done only af­ter mon­soon.

There are over 17 lakh ve­hi­cles in the city as per the RTO records in which the num­ber TURBHE FLY­OVER

of two- wheel­ers is dou­ble the four wheel­ers. Ev­ery year, the num­ber of ve­hi­cles in­creases by eight per cent, said an RTO of­fi­cer re­quest­ing anonymity.

Res­i­dents have no fa­cil­ity to park even for few min­utes for shop­ping. Vinod Ya­dav, a res­i­dent of Ma­ji­wada, said, “There is no pay-and-park fa­cil­ity in the city. The prob­lem is grave in the con­gested area of Thane sta­tion or Nau­pada. We al­ways have to park in the fear of our ve­hi­cles be­ing towed away.” ABOUT THE POL­ICY

As per the pol­icy, the TMC had se­lected 177 roads from each ward for pay-and-park fa­cil­ity.

The Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (TMC) has 27 plots re­served for park­ing across the city. Out of th­ese plots, it has de­vel­oped only three in the last three decades.

In 2008, the TMC con­ducted an in­te­grated traf­fic sur­vey based on which the park­ing pol­icy was for­mu­lated in 2014.

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