Bandra, Khar, & Santacruz residents unite against Pay-and-Park scheme for Joggers’ Park

Bandra, Khar, & Santacruz residents unite against Pay-and-Park scheme for Joggers’ Park

Residents intensified their opposition and organised a signature drive on July 6.

In a spirited display of community unity, residents of Bandra, Khar, and Santacruz have united against the pay-and-park initiative proposed for Joggers’ Park (Hrishikesh Mukherjee Park) on Carter Road in Bandra West. Conceived in 1990 by Oliver Andrade - a resident of Bandra, the Park is cherished by locals and draws a steady stream of visitors daily.  

Highlighting the pressing issue, a resident emphasised the community's concerns over Mumbai's space limitations. Formerly a corporator, the resident noted the adverse impact of parking fees, particularly on elderly visitors frequenting the Joggers’ Park. Despite earlier appeals to officials, the BMC has merely paused fee collection temporarily, rather than canceling the initiative.

Adding to the controversy, BMC recently awarded a contract to manage parking charges from Navghar Building to Goldmist Building, outside Joggers’ Park. As a result, residents intensified their opposition and organised a signature drive on July 6. The campaign gathered substantial support and signatures, which will be submitted to the BMC.

The proposed parking fees, ranging from ₹45 per hour for cars to ₹155 for 12 hours, and ₹15 to ₹70 for motorbikes, have sparked widespread debate. The contract for managing these charges has been awarded for two months at a cost of ₹1,31,984.

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