After opposition, pay & park policy stayed in SoBo

Written By Unknown on Jumat, 30 Januari 2015 | 22.23

MUMBAI: The state government has stayed the implementation of the new pay and park policy which was to be implemented on a pilot basis in 'A' ward. The chief minister's office on Thursday requested a 'stay and hearing' on the policy. Government officials said the project would be considered for implementation after incorporating suggestions and objections of residents of 'A' ward.

Citizens' groups in 'A' ward, comprising Colaba, Churchgate, Nariman Point and Marine Drive, who were strongly opposed to its implementation, have welcomed the stay. Local MLA Raj Purohit had written to CM Devendra Fadnavis stating that if the policy was implemented in its present form, it would lead to chaos and unrest rather than decongest the area. BMC labourers had even demarcated the slots in yellow outside several buildings last week on a few roads in Churchgate.

Welcoming the stay, resid8ents said it would give them an opportunity to place the parking situation in the ward before the administration.

Churchgate resident Gerson DaCunha of AGNI (Action for Good Governance and Networking in India) said the policy was being implemented without any consultation with residents, so they were happy that now they would have a chance to present their case. "A ward is not a typical ward, so starting the policy from a place which has so many heritage structures and a unique kind of land occupation was not the best idea. This was mainly because whatever lessons were learnt from here could not necessarily be implemented elsewhere," said DaCunha.

Colaba's Subhash Motwani said the residents felt the policy was lopsided. "Now that the administration will invite us for a hearing, we are hoping we will be able to present our case. Going the legal way was our last resort as it would mean a lot of people pooling in money. We felt the policy was pro-commercial and anti-residents," said Motwani.

However, additional municipal commissioner S V R Srinivas said there have also been groups in favour of the parking policy. "There were citizens who were in support of the policy. The policy was being debated for the last one year and if required, we will also place our stand before the government," said Srinivas.

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