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Adventurers of the lost park


Booking slots online will reduce chaos and help Mumbaikars find on-street and off-street parking, experts say

If all goes according to plan, the Mumbaikars will have a multiple choice of parking spaces and will soon be able to reserve a parking space via their mobile phone.

A municipal parking lot, including all parking lots and spaces owned by other government agencies, would be created and managed by the Mumbai Parking Authority (AMP), which is being formed.

It will be an online aggregation platform that will connect all available on-street and off-street parking spaces in Mumbai to ensure that citizens can reserve any parking space in the city at the using a single platform. For starters, the Mumbai Parking Authority will begin implementing its parking plans in three city administrative districts likely by August.

“The parking management plan will be launched in three BMC neighborhoods on a pilot basis. This is a people-centered plan, and everything is considered for the convenience of individual motorists and all other users, including buses, taxis, rickshaws and two-wheelers ” , said Sayli Mankikar, Strategic Communications Advisor, Mumbai Parking Authority.

“As part of this plan, an application program interface (API) will be created for three pilot services. All parking space data will be open for mobile app companies selected through BMC eligibility check for pilot services and motorists will be able to check available spaces to park in case they visit this area. All agencies, housing companies and shopping complexes with parking facilities can also include their locations in the said request, ”she said.

According to senior BMC officials, the Mumbai Parking Authority will begin implementing its parking plans in three of the city’s administrative districts – Grant Road (D), Andheri west (K-West) and Bhandup (S) – on a pilot base, most likely by August. As part of the pilot project, parking spaces in these neighborhoods can be reserved online via mobile phones. The authority will also offer appropriate parking rates.

The MPA obtained the approval of the BMC standing committee in May and is chaired by Additional City Commissioner P Velrasu. The legal procedure for its formation is underway.

“The neighborhood parking management plan identifies and optimizes the parking spaces available in the given neighborhoods. It will recognize the need for all types of parking requirements in a city, including all types of vehicles (4w, 3w, 2w, LCV, HCV, Bus, IPT), duration, all public transport vehicles and private, pick-up / drop-off facility, load / unload facility and strategically assign available spaces for these functions. This will be done through coordination that involves the district office and Mumbai. traffic police working in this area. It will include meetings with various stakeholders, including commercial and residential consumers in the region. An application program interface (API) will be created at the service level as a pilot, for which an agency has been hired on a voluntary basis, to test its effectiveness, ”said a BMC official.

With an increasing number of vehicles, the implementation of a parking policy for Mumbai is necessary and is already long overdue. The policy will need to be implemented flexibly in different parts of Mumbai, depending on the requirements of a particular area

– AV Shenoy, Mumbai Mobility Forum

When asked if other bodies were required to have the same rates as BMC or free to choose their rates, another official from the Mumbai Parking Authority said: “MPA would endeavor to work towards a policy of rationalized and harmonized pricing. However, individual entities could continue to adopt their own pricing structure if they believe it is in their best interest. ”

“Since the overall goal is to maximize off-street parking, the idea would be to have lower rates for off-street parking and higher for on-street parking. Factors such as demand, duration, peak and off-peak times, convenience, vehicle type and other characteristics would affect the final amount of the parking fee.

Apart from this, each city parking lot authority is free to set its own pricing strategy based on the cost of land, construction, operation and maintenance, parking demand and willingness to pay, etc.

According to Mankikar, all those who join the PPC would have to agree to specific operational rules and guidelines, adherence to which would be necessary for the success of the parking initiative. As previously stated, the government ministry, parastatals and private owners would continue to be responsible for the ownership of their parking, pricing policy and overall control of their parking. MPA would also be a facilitator of the CPP and would be happy to help, guide, share knowledge,

provide training and documentation for setting up parking systems.

Under this plan, the ownership of the car parks will remain strictly with the respective organization and will not be transferred. AMP is developing a common system to regulate parking. It will be an integrated system with a central parking data hub and an IT platform for reservation and payment.


What is the city parking lot pool?

City Parking Pool (CPP) is an initiative of the Mumbai Parking Authority (MPA). It conceptualizes a situation where all agencies and stakeholders with parking come together to create a common parking lot without losing ownership, revenue and overall control of their property. All levels of government, offices, malls, other malls, residential corporations and any other entity are considered key players in the CPP. This allows the citizens of Mumbai to access a large number of parking spaces and to reserve parking spaces in advance electronically and against payment. Those involved in sharing the City Parking Pool (CPP) contribute to improving urban mobility by optimizing off-street parking. They do this by opening their existing parking areas to the public during the desired time slots, thus reducing the pressure on on-street parking. However, all private / official parking spaces, whether designated or declared free, will not be part of the RPC.

What the experts say

“A city like Mumbai needs a comprehensive parking policy to contain the increase in traffic congestion and provide sustainable use of scarce road space,” said Ashok Datar, transport expert.

“With an increasing number of vehicles, the implementation of a parking policy for Mumbai is necessary and is already long overdue. The policy will need to be implemented flexibly in different parts of Mumbai, depending on the requirements of a particular area. For example, South Bombay, where older buildings do not have indoor parking, should be viewed differently from the suburbs. In addition, the implementation will require close collaboration between the Mumbai Parking Authority, the traffic police and the traffic wing of BMC, ”said AV Shenoy of Mumbai Mobility Forum.