Residential pay-&-park scheme to finally take off


The city's first residential pay-and-park scheme finally received approval from the Mumbai Traffic Police on Friday . The nod comes almost six months after over two dozen housing societies from Fort, Colaba and Cuffe Parade applied under this scheme to the BMC.

In January this year, the state government lifted the stay on the pay-and-park policy , which ran into controversy after it was cleared by the BMC in 2015. In April, 29 housing societies from south Mumbai approached the BMC to implement the pay-and-park policy in their areas. Now, Mumbai Traffic Police has given approval to 25 of them. Joint commissioner of police (traffic), Amitesh Kumar said, "We have already issued an NOC, but on an experimental basis. We will assess the impact and then decide the further course of action." He added not all societies which had applied were granted an NOC considering the Mumbai Metro-III work which is in progress in the those areas.

BMC officials said the residential pay-and-park scheme would be implemented in ` A ' ward only on a pilot basis and would later be extended to other wards across the city . The scheme is exclusively applicable only for parking between 8pm to 7am. The policy makes it mandatory for the parking spaces to be painted so that they can be distinguished and should also have boards besides them listing the capacity of the vehicles allowed to be parked.

Bella Shah from My Dream Colaba, an ALM group, said they were regularly following up the status of their application with the authorities. "While it's good the residential scheme has got a go-ahead, we now need to understand how it is going to be implemented. We hope this would streamline parking in our area," said Shah.