Pay and Park be­low fly­overs now to shut : PWD Min­is­ter

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Ma­ha­rash­tra PWD min­is­ter Ek­nath Shinde said that all pay and parks be­low fly­overs in Mum­bai would be shut by May this year.

He in­formed the leg­isla­tive coun­cil that MSRDC has ini­ti­ated crim­i­nal ac­tion against peo­ple who are op­er­at­ing il­le­gal pay and parks be­low fly­overs in the city.

Re­ply­ing to a ques­tion asked by NCP leg­is­la­tor San­deep Ba­jo­ria, Mr Shinde ad­mit­ted that the state govern­ment had de­cided in June 2008 to shut all pay and parks be­low fly­overs due to se­cu­rity con­cerns.

“It was de­cided that con­tracts of nine pay and parks that had ex­pired on July 25, 2011 would not be re­newed. The re­main­ing 12 con­trac­tors were also given no­tices to stop op­er­at­ing even be­fore ex­piry of their con­tracts. Seven of them have been closed and ac­tion is be­ing taken against the rest,” Mr Shinde said.

The min­is­ter fur­ther in­formed that the MSRDC has lodged an FIR at Vikhroli po­lice sta­tion against a con­trac­tor op­er­at­ing pay and park be­low the CSTKurla fly­over. “Sim­i­larly, the MSRDC has writ­ten to the con­cerned po­lice sta­tions to reg­is­ter cases against the re­main­ing four con­trac­tors,” he said.

The Bom­bay high court on Fe­bru­ary 8 had di­rected the state govern­ment and other statu­tory agen­cies to re­move il­le­gal park­ing from un­der the fly­overs in Mum­bai within three months as per ear­lier or­ders restrict­ing such park­ing ow­ing to se­cu­rity rea­sons. The court is hear­ing a PIL that pointed out to the court that though park­ing was not al­lowed un­der sev­eral fly­overs, not only was the rule flouted, but some also had “pay and park” schemes.

“The MSRDC has al­ready swung into ac­tion,” Mr Shinde said. When Mr Ba­jo­ria said that pay and parks un­der fly­overs, which Mr Shinde claims to have closed, were still op­er­a­tional, the min­is­ter as­sured that ac­tion would be taken against con­trac­tors.

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