Parking survey to focus more on residential areas

NAVI MUMBAI: The civic town planning department will conduct a scientific survey of parking requirements in the city. IIT Bombay has been roped in to assess as well as recommend parking regulations for residential areas under civic jurisdiction.

The survey process will start from next month. IIT Bombay, appointed in August, 2017 is to submit its report in six months and will be paid Rs 8 lakh by NMMC.

"This survey is going be sample based and will focus more on the residential areas. The 5,000 odd respondents will be selected from all the eight wards. It will include members from all walks of life and income groups to get a complete picture of requirements, " said a senior official.

The survey is in adherence to contempt notice issued by the Bombay high court in October 2016 to the NMMC commissioner for failing to conduct the process as directed in 2011. The order was issued while hearing a fresh PIL filed by social activist Sandeep Thakur about the civic administration not following any parking policy while issuing building permissions.

"The survey will come up with the exact requirement of parking use and space, as well as determine the norms to be applicable while issuing building permissions," said NMMC commissioner, N Ramaswami.

Questionnaires prepared by the department will seek information from residents on their standard of living, income range, number of family members, number of vehicles owned, travelling practices, current parking facilities and other details.

"The institute will study the parking regulations of India and abroad, assess past recommendations made by NMMC for its areas as well as for MMR region (except Mumbai)," said the official.