By Jaspal Singh Naol
Belapur: Parking is one of the biggest problem faced by the Residents, Working people and the visitors coming to Navi Mumbai City. It’s been years and years concerned citizens have been demanding an comprehensive plan to eradicate the rising issue. Many efforts have been taken by the past Commissioners of Navi Mumbai, however due to lack of concrete steps, the condition has never changed instead turn more worsen. To find an appropriate solution to the rising problem, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Annasaheb Misal (IAS) had organised a joint meet of the stake holders of the city.
In Navi Mumbai each year around Forty Thousand new vehicles are being registered in Navi Mumbai RTO and accordingly in the last ten years there has been a registration of around Four Lakh vehicles that include around Two lakh Two Wheeler, One lakh thirty Thousand Four Wheeler, Twenty Thousand Auto rickshaws and rest Buses, trucks etc.
It may be recalled that the so called best planning authority of India, ie. CIDCO while developing the city had failed to see the future of the developing world and hence had failed to create the Parking zones in the Housing Societies it had developed for Lower Income Group, Middle Income Group and Higher Income Group. Even today their development plan has very less space for the rising population of the vehicles in the city. This is why the residents are forced to pay parking charges to the private entities.
The rise in vehicles has risen the air and noise pollution level in the city and to worsen are the Heavy vehicles coming from across the Nation to the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), Agriculture Product Market Complex (APMC) and Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC). The CIDCO has also failed to create special roads and parking solutions for these polluting heavy vehicles. Neither CIDCO has been able to provide solution to the School Buses which are found parked on the Narrow roads of the City.
Multi-storey Parking is the only solution for parking in Navi Mumbai city. As the city has very less space available. The solution was to be implemented in the year 2010. It may be recalled that in the year 2010 on the same grounds NMMC had proposed to develop Multi-storey parking in Vashi through the funds under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), but due to the lack of fund the project was put on hold and later dropped.
During the meet the Commissioner has asked the Officers to do a complete study of the city, to chalk out and mark the available parking spaces available in city including Housing societies. He also directed them to do study the required parkings in the future. He has stated the master plan of parking has to be focused considering parking needed in the upcoming 12 to 15 years. He had allocated a mere one month of time for the study and submission of report.
As a step ahead the Corporation has decided to initiate a smart parking technology, wherein one will be able to book parking space online.
The meet was organised under the chairmanship of Commissioner Annasaheb Misal in presence of Additional Commissioner Mahavir Pendhari and Amol Yadav, Deputy Police Commissioner, Traffic Sunil Lokhande, City Engineer Surendra Patil, Town Planner Satish Ugile, Deputy Commissioner, Property, Dadasaheb Chabukswar and Engineers of all Departments.