Corporators again put off decision on PMC’s pay-and-park proposal

Elected representatives in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) once again postponed the decision on the civic administration's pay-and-park proposal for two-wheelers meant to discourage citizens from using private transport.

"We have postponed the decision till further meeting,"said Mayor Vaishali Bankar after the all-party coordination committee meeting on Thursday. She said it was unanimously decided to take up the proposal for discussion in the next meeting.

The civic body had introduced pay-and-park for two-wheelers on selected roads but the elected representatives got it cancelled two-and-a-half years ago citing civic body's failure to provide efficient public transport system to citizens. They also said that charging parking fee would put an additional burden on citizens.

"The proposal has been pending since long but the parties are reluctant to approve the proposal as they fear they might invite the wrath of voters," said a civic officer.

The civic administration had tabled the proposal on request of the traffic police. According to the proposal, the two-wheelers will not have to pay parking fees for the first half an hour. The vehicles will be charged Rs 2 if they are parked for more than half an hour. The fees for the second hour will be Rs 3 for two-wheelers and Rs 5 per hour for four-wheelers.

The administration pointed out that the increasing number of vehicles and insufficient parking facilities in the buildings in the central part of city have led to parking on roads.

"There is a need to make roads available for traffic than for parking vehicles. The large number of vehicles parked on city roads are adding to the traffic chaos and accidents. Thus, it is necessary to discourage citizens from using private transport by introducing parking fees," the proposal said.

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