Thursday, 11 July 2019
The civic body too seems to be no exception to the roadside parking routine. After towing vehicles parked on roadsides and fining errant motorists for three days since Sunday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has itself begun clamping errant vehicles on the roadside, dampening their own initiative of decongesting roads. The G South ward, despite its six public parking lots (PPLs) where towed vehicles can be kept, has been leaving them on the roads with clamps.
The BMC had begun penalising vehicles parked on roads that are within a 500-metre radius of a PPL to ease traffic. Many residents, especially in South Mumbai, had opposed this move after which the municipal commissioner on Wednesday instructed the ward officers to penalise heavy and medium motor vehicles such as private buses, tempos, trucks rather than focusing on two-wheelers and cars.
The civic body's decision to fine motorists was met with serious criticism from many with some residents even preparing to approach the court. Instructions were then given to go slow on two-wheelers, said a civic official who was part of the review meeting called by Municipal Commissioner Pravin Pardeshi. The penalties for heavy motor vehicles parked on roads is Rs 15,000 to Rs 23,250 and for medium motor vehicles is Rs 11,000 to Rs 17,600.