Internal rift puts brakes on new parking policy for city

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Internal rift puts brakes on new parking policy for city

MUMBAI: Implementation of a forward-looking policy which aims to provide a long-term solution to the problems of limited parking space and increasing traffic congestion is likely to be delayed by several months owing to differences that have cropped up among the alliance partners in the civic body.

After taking a strong stand two months ago, the ruling Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is now working on temporarily watering down the new policy that hikes parking rates and regulates street parking, until the elections are over.

On December 11 last year, the body of party group leaders in the BMC cleared the policy after suggesting some additions. Then on December 26, the BJPled civic improvements committee also approved the policy, which was passed by majority vote by the ruling parties amidst vehement protests by the opposition.

It was also passed under the ‘urgent business’ category under section 36 (l) of the Mumbai Municipal corporation Act, which provides for the proposal to be taken up on priority in the civic general body. However, even after six meetings of the civic general body, the policy is yet to be moved for discussion before the final approval.

Sources said a rift had developed within the ruling parties over the policy. “After it was passed in the improvements committee, there were several discussions, where differences came up and its tabling was postponed,” said a senior BJP corporator.

Now, with only a couple of weeks left for the election code of conduct to be in place for the Lok Sabha elections, which will be followed by the state elections around November, the policy might be shelved until the end of the year, said sources.

 

“The hike in charges is not agreeable to all sides. Hence, we will consider temporarily putting off the revision of charges and approving other elements of the policy that will also equally help in regulating traffic. A group leaders’ meeting has been called in this regard on Friday,” said mayor Sunil Prabhu.

Date of Article: 
Friday, February 21, 2014
Source: 
The Hindustan Times