Mumbai Parking Authority aims to create decentralized & comprehensive ward parking plans to ensure civic order in the city.
Identifying & optimising parking spaces in Mumbai
The Mumbai Parking Authority studied the parking landscape in the city via a conclusive month-long survey. The body analysed available parking spaces, parking requirements for commercial and private vehicles, the duration of parking, pick-up and drop services alongside loading and unloading facilities, to strategically assign dedicated spots at available spaces for these.
Officials have further highlighted that MPA has also studied data in a combination with the length and width of the roads, to check the feasibility of parallel and roadside parking. Traffic flow, parking space requirement and other factors will be categorised to identify and optimise parking spaces, as per the ward demands.
The project for the e-linked parking shelters was formulated in January this year and received the approval nod from the BMC's standing committee in May. Groundwork is likely to commence by next month as the proposal is being tabled for the Mumbai Traffic Police final affirmation.
As per the proposition, the MPA has made recommendations about including road and roadside parking under its management wing. Designated experts will be onboarded to carry out diversified tasks related to legal matter, workforce implementations, comprehensive parking management in all 24 wards, parking policy draft, uniform signages and parking rates.
Creating a parking pool in Mumbai
The BMC Commissioner has further recommended the establishment of a city parking pool - an online aggregator node that will hold all the information regarding available parking spaces in the city. The umbrella platform will be backed by all government agencies to relay inputs regarding parking areas under their jurisdiction. This will enable people to avail easy booking of parking slots in the city via a single application.
Besides, the MPA has decided to introduce the benefit of 'Livelihood Discounts' for drivers whose vehicles are their means of livelihood. This will include all autos, taxis, cabs and other yellow nameplate automobiles - who will be charged subsidised rates for parking.