Pune: Contrary to popular perception, political parties are not against the parking policy, however, they are demanding a detailed discussion on the rates and infrastructure for the same. The opposition parties have demanded that the public transport be improved before implementing this policy.
A parking policy was tabled before the Standing Committee a week ago. Corporators from several parties demanded a discussion on the policy at an all-party leaders meeting before it is approved by the Standing Committee. After the approval, it will be placed before the General Body meeting, which will decide the future of the policy.
NCP leader Chetan Tupe said, “There is nothing new in the parking policy. There are some parts of the city with pay-and-park system. Now, the PMC has made it complicated by dividing the city into zones with different charges. On the one hand, the PMC is trying to implement pay-and-park system to discourage private vehicles and on the other hand, there is no proper public transport.”
“The PMC should have an alternative to reduce private vehicles. It should increase buses in the PMPML fleet and then implement the parking policy,” Tupe added.
Congress leader Arvind Shinde suggested improving infrastructure. He said, “The corporation had introduced pay-and-park policy in 2009, but due to strong opposition, it could not be implemented. We are not against the policy, but the PMC should provide infrastructure for parking. The rate should be reasonable. Rates of parking mentioned in the parking policy are high, which means the PMC wants to implement a stringent policy. It is their duty to provide infrastructure to people.”
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Bhosale said, “We haven’t discussed the parking policy with senior leaders. We will study it and declare our stance.”
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader Vasant More said, “The PMC should implement pay-and-park scheme on an experimental basis. They should develop parking reservations. If the PMC wants to stop roadside parking, they should give more options for parking vehicles.”
Dr Siddharth Dhende, Deputy Mayor and leader of Republican Party of India (Athavale) said, “Our objection to the parking policy is that it doesn’t consider economic background of 42 per cent of the slum population. How can they afford night parking charges? The PMC should give concession to slum dwellers who have their own vehicles. They purchased vehicles because of poor public transport.”
Standing Committee Chairman Murali Mohol said, “Parking policy is needed for the city. But it should not be imposed. It will be discussed and we want unanimous approval from all parties.”