Parking policy awaiting PMC chief’s approval

ST Correspondent
Friday, 11 May 2018

Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) ambitious parking policy is yet to see the light of the day as the new Municipal Commissioner Sourabh Rao is yet to sign the proposal even though it has been over a month since the PMC General Body approved it. 

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded inclusion of JM Road in the pilot roads where the policy would be first implemented. 

Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) ambitious parking policy is yet to see the light of the day as the new Municipal Commissioner Sourabh Rao is yet to sign the proposal even though it has been over a month since the PMC General Body approved it. 

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded inclusion of JM Road in the pilot roads where the policy would be first implemented. 

In March, the General Body approved the parking policy and an all-party committee under the chairpersonship of Mayor Mukta Tilak was to be formed to study the policy and file a report in six months. However, since the commissioner has not signed the policy, the committee has not yet been formed.

A senior official in the PMC said, “The proposal was sent to the commissioner for signing. After he signs, the corporation will able to implement the policy and conduct a meeting under the chairmanship of the mayor.” 

The official added that the committee will discuss major issues and review parking lots’ development in last 20 years and table a detailed report where they can construct multi-storeyed parking, to develop parking lots on Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis, to take decision to select five major roads where PMC can implement pay-and-park as per policy on experimental basis.

A letter to civic chief
 BJP city unit Yogesh Gogawale wrote a letter to Commissioner Sourabh Rao demanding inclusion of JM Road in pilot roads project of the policy. The Metro route is proposed along the JM Road so it is necessary to develop multi-storeyed parking there, he said. 
 There are four parking lots which administration should develop on priority: at Modern College Road, near McDonald’s, increasing capacity of existing Deccan Gymkhana PMPML parking and repair the mechanised parking at Sambhaji Garden. 
 Gogawale said the mechanised parking should be used for four-wheelers and others for two-wheelers.
 All these parking lots should be developed on BOT (Build Operate and Transfer) basis, he wrote in the letter.

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