Fate of 75 Mum­bai park­ing lots in limbo

Re­vised Rates At 15 Fa­cil­i­ties From Dec 1

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Richa.Pinto@ times­group.com

Mum­bai: The BMC has man­aged to find suc­cess­ful bid­ders for only 15 pay-and-park sites in the city.

The fate of 75 park fa­cil­i­ties in hangs in bal­ance.

Seven months after the Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment lifted its stay on the BMC’s payand-park pol­icy, the civic body had floated ten­ders for 90 lots in July. Users were ex­pected to pay re­vised park­ing rates from Rs 20 per hour in Ghatkopar to around Rs 60 in Co­laba.

Most of the 15 lo­ca­tions are in parts of Co­laba like PJ Ram­chan­dani Marg and Fort at the Craw­ford Mar­ket mu­nic­i­pal park­ing lot and also Dadar’s Se­na­p­ati Ba­pat Marg. Mo­torists us­ing these 15 lots will have to pay re­vised rates from De­cem­ber 1. Cur­rently, while there is a con­trac­tor in place for man­ag­ing the mu­nic­i­pal park­ing lot at Craw­ford Mar­ket, with the new ten­ders the con­trac­tor will be re­pla- pay-andthe city ced. How­ever, civic of­fi­cials said that the prob­lem was in case of 75 park­ing lots where it has not man­aged to get suc­cess­ful bid­ders. In the case of 16 fa­cil­i­ties, one con­trac­tor bid for two park­ing lots. “BMC rules don’t al­low one con­trac­tor to man­age two pay-and-park lots. We have now put up the file to the BMC com­mis­sioner if we should be giv­ing the con­tract to the sec­ond-low­est bid­der. Be­sides in case of 59 lots there was no suc­cess­ful bid­ders and there­fore in case of nine park­ing lots of the 59 we are plan­ning to is­sue ten­ders for the third time,” said a civic of­fi­cial.

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