Pune: The Shiv Sena has reacted for the first time to the public parking policy which was tabled by Pune Municipal Commissioner (PMC) Kunal Kumar in the Standing Committee. A senior leader, Prithviraj Sutar, local corporator of Shiv Sena, has alleged that the pay and park policy has been prepared for the benefit of contractors.
He said, “We are opposing the parking fees as the administration wants to collect money from the people and pass it on to contractors. There are a lot of parking places in the city but the corporation is not utilising them. They have not called for re-tendering of parking contracts which exist at several streets in the city.”
He suggested, “The civic body should construct slabs on nalas and provide free parking places for vehicles as it becomes an additional burden on the people. The corporation has already increased water charges, development charges and now, parking policy is another burden they want to pass it to the public.”
While drafting the policy, Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar had mentioned that comprehensive parking policy will help boost the revenue of the city as well as play its part in avoiding traffic congestion by discouraging citizens from using private vehicles.
Kumar mentioned that this will also force people to use public transport system. Every day, around 500 to 700 new vehicles are added on Pune roads. Due to increasing number of new vehicles, the corporation has decided to make parking lots available to park around 1 to 1.5 lakh vehicles. However, the same is difficult as there is space crunch in the city. At the same time, the civic body is unable to widen the roads and as a result of this, people are using roads to park their vehicles.