The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) had earlier mooted the proposal in 2018 for implementation on a pilot basis on five roads, but did not see the light of the day. Many citizens had then opposed the idea, citing inadequacy of public transport. But now, with options available for mass public transport, such as the Metro, traffic experts said it was the right time to start paid parking.
Traffic experts and planners said the civic administration should take steps to discourage private vehicles on roads. “Parking is a major challenge in central areas of the city. Many people park vehicles haphazardly, making it difficult for others to find space for parking,” Pravin Ohol, whose office is on Bajirao Road, said.
“The pay-and-park scheme will bring discipline to commuters. Many people park vehicles on road, just because it is free. The vehicles remain parked for several hours and days. This practice can be curbed if charges are introduced,” said Mansi Kulkarni, a resident of Kothrud.
The pay-and-park proposal was approved by the PMC’s general body in 2018, but it did not move ahead allegedly due to lack of political backing. Now, the administration is once again exploring the possibility of implementing it. Jugal Rathi of PMP Pravasi Manch said the civic administration lacked the willingness to implement paid parking on city roads.
According to PMC officials, the decision on selecting the roads for the pilot project would be taken only after the new elected body takes charge. PMC is in talks with the city police regarding implementation of the pay-and-park scheme on select roads in various areas.
“The civic administration is working on both on-road and off-road pay-and-park service. The decision on starting it will be taken in due course of time,” said Shrinivas Bonala, chief engineer (projects), PMC.
The civic administration has conducted a survey of various roads to check parking trends and available space for two- and four-wheelers. Based on the survey, three zones have been identified for implementing parking charges for two- and four-wheelers.
The civic officials have started a survey of locations near Metro stations to provide parking for commuters.