Pay and park in Thane to start after monsoon MORE VEHICLES
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.