MUMBAI: Barely 9% of the 46,366 public parking slots approved by the state government have been handed over to BMC by builders.
Under the Development Control Regulations 33 (24), builders can build public parking lots on a portion of their land and hand them over for free to BMC. In return, they are compensated by way of additional construction rights which allows them to build taller buildings for sale. Corporators, at the civic improvements committee on Wednesday, termed the policy a “complete failure”.
In a reply to a point of order of Congress corporator Mohsin Haider, BMC submitted that 46,366 parking spaces had been approved under this policy, with a maximum number of slots —30,479—in south Mumbai. However, only 4,264 parking spaces have been handed over to the civic body. “One needs to find out why such a large number of parking spaces are yet not handed over to the civic administration,” Haider demanded.
SP corporator Ashraf Azmi said if the BMC took back the parking spaces from builders, it could earn revenue out of it. “There is a mall in the suburbs that was inaugurated years ago, but the developer is yet to hand over the public parking space to BMC,” he added.
When asked why BMC has not taken back the spaces, deputy municipal commissioner (improvements) Chandrashekhar Chore said many of them are yet to be completed.
Credits ET Realty