300% hike in parking charges unfair:association

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300% hike in parking charges unfair: association Bikers may pay less for parking in city

will now get permits to park their cars on streets outside their buildings

 will be at 1/3rd the cost of 12-hour parking rates in the zone that the area is closest to

one side of the street will be reserved for residential parking

is also coming with 12-hour passes for parking lots; commuters can either buy an 8am8pm pass or 8pm8am pass about web-based parking system will be applied to these 92 parking lots soon nised under the Motor Vehicles Act, has also rebuffed the BMC’s claim that hiking charges would lead to a dip in traffic congestion. “If congestion is a major concern, the government must not register any new cars for the next two years. But it will not do so as it will lose out on revenue in the form of excise duty and other taxes,” said Dossa.

The WIAA has written two letters to Kunte in the past one month seeking a meeting on the issue, but has not received any response yet. MUMBAI: With corporators lobbying hard with the civic administration for a reduction in the parking rates for bikes, commuters in the city may get some reprieve.

According to sources in the civic administration and the political wing, efforts are being made to broker a deal wherein the corporation approves the policy with a slight reduction in charges. The biggest benefactors are likely to be bikers.

From the existing Rs5, the civic body has proposed to charge these commuters Rs15 at most parking lots, a hike of 200%. Corporators are pushing for the rates to be not more than Rs10.

Civic officials said that the demand was being positively considered.

According to the civic environment status report of 2013, two-wheelers constitute 56% of the total vehicles on city’s roads. Fearing that a 200% hike might draw in strong protests, corporators from the improvements committee have now started negotiations with the administration.

Confirming this, Dr Ram Barot, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and chairman of the committee, said, “We want the rates for the bikes and cars to be rolled back. While we support the policy in-principle, we believe the hike can be reduced slightly without diluting the core of the policy.”

According to a senior Shiv Sena corporator, more than a hike in car parking charges, they are concerned about the adverse impact such a drastic increase in two-wheeler parking costs could have. “Two-wheelers are a preferred choice for lower middleclass families. Such a hike will hurt them deeply.”

While the proposal to hike parking charges has been approved by the improvements panel, the civic general body, consisting of 232 corporators, is yet to give its nod. Corporators said that they won’t allow the proposal to go ahead till the administration agrees.

 

Additional municipal commissioner SVR Srinivas said that he would look into the demand once he gets the proposal.

Date of Article: 
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Source: 
The Hindustan Times