MUMBAI: In a relief to residents who don’t have parking spaces in or near their buildings, malls in the city will soon offer their parking lots to car owners at night.
The proposed Mumbai Parking Authority (MPA) recently facilitated the plan, and parking lots at eight malls—Growels 101 Mall in Kandivli (E), Infiniti Mall in Andheri (W) and Malad (W), Inorbit Mall (Malad), Phoenix Market City Mall (Kurla), R-City Mall (Ghatkopar), RMall (Mulund) and Phoenix Mall (Lower Parel)—are expected to soon open up for residential parking at night. The malls will charge anything between Rs 2,500 and Rs 3,500 per month for the facility. Around 6,500 vehicles can be parked in the eight malls each night. The facility will be available between 11pm and 8am and some malls will only offer weekly passes.
“The malls will also be open to accommodating Ola/ Uber fleet owners for this facility,” an official said.
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This will be particularly beneficial to overcrowded residential colonies where adequate parking is not available and people park their vehicles on the street or roadside,” the official added.
Urban Planner Prachi Merchant, a member of the proposed MPA, said that they had facilitated the plan and had held several meetings with officials from the traffic police, the BMC’s roads department and the mall owners.
“The plan is ready and the facility is expected to be launched soon. It will take off organically as people come to know of it,” Merchant said.
“This effort is part of the proposed MPA’s endeavour to create a city parking pool (CPP), where all parking lots in the city will be accessed through a common IT platform in the future. Until then, the BMC is driving its efforts into getting private and commercial entities, residential societies, and government organisations to share their parking spaces for public parking,” she said.
“The MPA team is also actively identifying open and vacant plots, which can be converted into a surface or underground parking facility, to meet the rising demand in congested areas. Under CPP, the owners are free to open their premises at their will and have flexibility to keep timings, rates and rules,” an MPA statement said.
TIMES VIEW: The city lacks adequate parking space resulting in illegal double parking on congested roads. By opening their sprawling multi-level parking areas for the general public at night for a monthly charge, the malls have done the right thing. This will benefit car owners who live in close vicinity of these malls, and who, currently, are forced to park their vehicles on the road.





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