Fate of 75 Mumbai parking lots in limbo
Revised Rates At 15 Facilities From Dec 1
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.