Steep rise likely in parking fees

Steep parking fees all over the world are a deterrent to bringing more cars on the road. In the city , where onstreet parking restricts smooth traffic flow, such a step may not be far away .

In its draft policy , Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), has proposed up to three-fold rise in charges to discourage private vehicle owners from venturing out on busy roads.

The policy has been published on the civic body’s official website, where PMC has divided city into four different zones from A to D.

While zone A includes gaothan, B has the mobility corridors of main roads and areas 100 metres adjacent to them. Zone C comprises areas 500 metres from the mobility corridors and D covers all residential areas. The areas prone to heavy traffic will have double the parking charges as compared to the residential zones.

“Officials of the traffic department, traffic planners, citizens’ groups, NGOs and experts were consulted while drafting the policy .Most of them have supported the increase in parking charges to discourage vehicle owners from taking their vehicles on busy city roads. The administration must take tough decisions to curtail congestion on roads,“ said Kunal Kumar. As per the experts, who have drafted the policy, PMC will give concession on parking in the areas, which don’t have adequate parking facilities, including gaothan areas. The discount will be offered only during night hours.

The on-road parking fee will be higher compared to the off-road.

The administration has finalised basic charges and he zones will have charges in he multiples of the basic fee.The core area (zone A) has 3.55 times the basic parking charges, whereas zones B, C and D have 2.5, 1.75 and 1.5 times the basic charges, respectively.

The core area of the city ncludes all the Peths, Laxmi Road, Kumthekar Road, Shivaji Road, Bajirao Road and Tilak Road. The mobility corridor roads are Nagar Road, Nehru-Market Yard Road, Satara Road, Sinhagad Road, Karve Road, Paud Road, FC Road and JM Road.

Parking on most roads in the city is free. Experts said such freebies encourage more and more people to bring their private vehicles, thus clogging roads.
Source : TOI

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DADAGIRI PARKED ON CAMPUS

Almost a year ago, SPPU had finalised parking charges in affiliated colleges after students protested irregularities of parking on college campuses; but clearly, even premium city colleges seem to be failing to adhere to the regulations. It was also decided that a designated parking attendant be placed to care for the parked vehicles. The decision was taken following a movement by students from various city colleges protesting the rampant irregularities and the high-handedness of the attendants.

Unwilling to put up with the irregular parking charges on his college campus, Mohammad Saif, a first year law student on the Azam campus, demanded to check the contractual agreement of the men manning the college’s parking lot with the college, only to stoke the former’s ire.“Many parking lots in colleges are run by people who do not have legitimate contracts, which empowers them to charge students according to their whims. We often refuse to pay without checking the copy of their parking contract.And, when I asked the contractor to furnish necessary details, he became angry and humiliated me,“ said Saif. “I was told that they would break my bones if I continue to demand a copy of the contract. This is intolerable and we have to stand against such rude behaviour.“ He subsequently filed a non-cognizable offence against the parking contractor at Pul Gate police station, on Friday. The head of Azam campus and president of Maharashtra Cosmopolitian Education Society, P A Inamdar, however, claimed to be ignorant about such an incident having occurred, and stated, that “the college’s parking is as per the varsity guidelines“.

Saif is not the only one who has suffered at the hands of the parking lot attendants. Said Mohammad Irfan, a final year student of Masters of Computer Application (MCA), “We have two to three rounds of college between lectures. Each time we arrive at the campus, we have to get a fresh ticket. If we show the existing ticket, attendants get abusive with us. Most of us prefer to stay out of this and fall in line.“ A Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) student, who spoke on condition of anonymity, offered, “Damages such as broken mirrors and torn seats are common. Our questions are ignored. Moreover, there is also the issue of space for parking, as many non-students avail of this facility, thanks to their small favours with the parking attendants. Most of them are not even charged for this facility.“ Senior police inspector Barkat Mujawar, incharge of Lashkar (cantonment) police station under whose jurisdiction Pul Gate police falls, said as this is a matter at a private institute, “we are not empowered to take action, although we are still contemplating further course of investigation“.

After hearing out the Azam campus student, Mirror ran a fresh check on other campuses and found that not much had changed since the SPPU mandate a year ago. A second year Bachelor of Arts student from Fergusson College said, “There is no cap on the parking attendants’ rudeness. Most of them indulge in rowdyism and pass inappropriate comments at girls. There is still no uniform charge on the vehicles. If we take our vehicles out during lunch time, we are still charged the second round.“ Similar issues were raised by Abasaheb Garware College and Modern College students. “Despite the heavy charges, the attendants do not take any responsibility of the security of our properties,“ said a first year Bachelor of Science student from Modern College. A final year science student from Garware College reiterated, “We pay huge charges, but often find our bikes damaged. Also, I do not understand why parking pass has to be vehicle specific. Once I park at a designated spot, I should be allowed to park any two-wheeler.“

Dr S G Gupta, principal of Abasaheb Garware College, said, “While we are following the mandate by SPPU, students must speak up if there is a problem so that we can take action immediately.“ Gupta, however, could not recall the number of complaints the administration may have received on that score. “But, if there is a persistent problem, students can put their complaint in the complaint box so that our grievance committee can look into it,“ he added.

Professor Shamkant Deshmukh, secretary of Progressive Education Society, which runs Modern College, denied any violation of parking charges. He said, “Despite the availability of the monthly pass system, not many students opt for it as they keep changing their vehicles as changing vehicles amongst themselves is a fad with the youth. Colleges charge for parking because of the service that they are providing. Parking contract ensures safety and protection of the parked vehicle.“
Source : Pune Mirror

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वाहनतळ की लुटीचे अड्डे

वाहनतळावर दुचाकी लावायची असेल तर तब्बल दहा रुपये… चारचाकी असेल तर थेट चाळीस रुपये… हे पार्किंगचे दर कोण्या मॉल किंवा मल्टिप्लेक्‍सचे नसून, पुणे रेल्वे स्थानकातील वाहनतळाचे आहेत. यातच भर म्हणजे वाहनतळासाठीच्या राखीव जागेबाहेरची जागाही कंत्राटदाराने सोडलेली नाही. पुणेकरांची अशी लूट होत असताना रेल्वे प्रशासन आणि पोलिसांचेही त्याकडे दुर्लक्ष होते आहे. या तीनही वाहनतळांचा ठेका माजी नगरसेवक सय्यद अफसर यांच्याकडेच आहे, हेही विशेष.

रेल्वे विभागाने नागरिकांना वाहने लावण्यासाठी स्थानकाच्या परिसरात तीन ठिकाणी वाहनतळ उभारले आहेत. त्यापैकी महात्मा गांधी पुतळ्याजवळ प्रीमियम पार्किंगमध्ये दुचाकींना सहा तासांसाठी वीस रुपये आणि चारचाकींना चार तासांसाठी वीस रुपये शुल्क आकारण्याची परवानगी आहे. मात्र, वाहनतळ ठेकेदाराचे कर्मचारी नागरिकांकडून थेट दुप्पट रकमेची मागणी करतात. नागरिकांनी दरपत्राची मागणी केल्यानंतर दमदाटी करून पैसे वसूल करतात.

रेल्वे पार्सल कार्यालयाजवळ असलेल्या वाहनतळावर दुचाकी लावण्यासाठी एका तासाला दोन रुपये अधिकृत दर आहेत. मात्र, प्रत्यक्षात त्याच्या पाचपट म्हणजेच दहा रुपये घेतले जातात. ताडीवाला रस्त्यावर असणाऱ्या रेल्वे स्थानकाच्या प्रवेशद्वारातून येणाऱ्या नागरिकांसाठी पादचारी पुलाच्या जवळ वाहनतळ आहे. तेथे दुचाकी लावण्यासाठी सहा तासाला पाच रुपये आणि चारचाकीसाठी चार तासांसाठी दहा रुपये असताना प्रत्यक्षात दुचाकीला दहा, तर चारचाकीला वीस रुपये घेतले जातात.

पुणे रेल्वे स्थानकातील तीनही वाहनतळाच्या निविदा मध्य रेल्वेकडून स्वतंत्र “ऑनलाइन‘ प्रक्रियेद्वारे काढण्यात येतात. मात्र, निविदा अर्जासोबत भरावयाचे शुल्क आणि अनामत रक्कम मोठी असल्याने खूप कमी लोक अर्ज करतात. याचाच फायदा या व्यवसायात स्थिरावलेले लोक घेतात. हेच लोक अर्जात मोठे आकडे भरून करार मिळवतात आणि ही वाढीव रक्कम परत मिळवण्यासाठी अनधिकृतरीत्या पैसे वसूल करतात. याचेच प्रत्यय येथे येत असून, गेल्या कित्येक वर्षांपासून वाहनतळाचे कंत्राट एकाच व्यक्तीला मिळत आहे. त्याबद्दल नागरिकांनी रेल्वे विभागाकडे तक्रारी नोंदवूनही दखल घेतली जात नाही. अधिक तक्रारी आल्यास करार रद्द करण्याचा अधिकार विभागाला आहे.

पोलिस बघ्याची भूमिकेत
रेल्वे स्थानकात चारचाकी, दुचाकी तसेच रिक्षांसाठी केलेल्या लेनवर खासगी व शासकीय वाहने थांबून असतात. वाहनतळाची जागा भरल्यावर कंत्राटदार कर्मचाऱ्यांकडून वाहने मोकळ्या जागेत लावण्यास सांगितले जाते, त्यामुळे वाहतूक कोंडीचा प्रश्‍न उद्‌भवतो. पोलिस प्रशासन मात्र वाहनतळ कर्मचारी किंवा वाहन लावणाऱ्याविरुद्ध कारवाई न करता बघ्याची भूमिका घेतात, अशीच नागरिकांची तक्रार आहे.

वाहनचालकांकडून वाहने लावण्यासाठी अवास्तव शुल्क वसूल केले जात असेल, तर ते चुकीचेच आहे. या प्रकारात स्वतः लक्ष घालून असे प्रकार भविष्यात होणार नाहीत, याची काळजी घेण्यात येईल.
सय्यद अफसर, कंत्राटदार

अतिरिक्त शुल्क आकारण्यावरून वाहनतळ कंत्राटदार अफसर यांना सुमारे एक लाख रुपयाचा दंड ठोठावला आहे. नागरिकांकडून आकारण्यात येणाऱ्या अवास्तव शुल्काला आळा घालण्यासाठी वाहन लावल्यानंतर त्यांना संगणकीय प्रणालीद्वारे पावती मिळण्याची सुविधा निर्माण केली जाईल.
गौरव झा, वरिष्ठ विभागीय व्यावसायिक व्यवस्थापक

स्त्रोत : सकाळ
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उचल्या टेम्पो, क्रेन्सची आरटीओकडे नोंदच नाही

शहरातील नो-पार्किंगमध्ये लावलेली वाहने उचलण्यासाठी नेमलेल्या टेम्पो आणि क्रेन प्रादेशिक परिवहन कार्यालयाकडे (आरटीओ) नोंदणी नसल्याचे आढळून आले आहे. या वाहनांची नोंदणी नसताना देखील या टेम्पो, क्रेनचा वापर करून वाहने कशी काय उचलली जातात आणि त्यांच्यावर आरटीओकडून कारवाई कशी काय केली जात नाही, असे गंभीर प्रश्न उपस्थित झाले आहेत. त्याचबरोबर इतरांसाठी नियमांवर बोट ठेवणारे आणि नियम मोडल्यास दंड वसूल करणारे वाहतूक पोलीसच नियमांचा भंग करत असल्याचे चित्र पुण्यात पाहायला मिळत आहे. त्याचबरोबर ही बाब माहीत असूनही आरटीओकडून याबाबत कोणत्याही हालचाली होत नसल्याने हा विभागही नियम मोडण्याच्या पोलिसांच्या कार्यात तितकाच सामील असल्याचेही स्पष्ट झाले आहे.

पुणे पोलीस आयुक्तालयाच्या हद्दीत नो-पार्किंगमध्ये लावलेली वाहने उचलण्यासाठी १७ टेम्पो आणि ९ क्रेन वापरल्या जातात. पुणे पोलिसांच्या वाहतूक शाखेने करार करून या वाहनांवर हे काम सोपवले आहे. या टेम्पो आणि क्रेनची याची वाहतूक शाखेकडून मिळवण्यात आली. मात्र, माहितीच्या अधिकारात मिळवण्यात आलेल्या माहितीनुसार या वाहनांची नोंद नसल्याचे स्पष्ट झाले आहे. या यादीमधील टेम्पो आणि क्रेनची नोंदणी कधी केली, याची माहिती लोकहित फाउंडेशनचे अध्यक्ष अझर खान यांनी आरटीओकडे मागितली होती. याची माहिती देताना दुचाकी वाहने उचलणाऱ्या १७ टेम्पोपैकी सात टेम्पोची माहिती आरटीओकडे नसल्याचे सांगितले आहे, तर सर्वच्या सर्व नऊ क्रेनची ही नोंदणीची माहिती मिळत नसल्याची माहिती आरटीओकडून खान यांना देण्यात आली आहे. या एकूण २६ वाहनांपैकी केवळ १० टेम्पोंच्या नोंदणीची माहिती देण्यात आली आहे. त्यामुळे नोंदणी नसलेल्या टेम्पोवर आरटीओकडून का कारवाई केली जात नाही, असा प्रश्न खान यांनी उपस्थित केला आहे.

तसेच, नो-पार्किंगमधील वाहने उचलणाऱ्या टेम्पोसोबत करार करताना आरटीओने अनेक नियम घालून दिलेले आहे. मात्र, त्यातील अनेक नियमांचे उल्लंघन केले जात असल्याचे आढळून आले आहे. यामध्ये या टेम्पोवर काम करणाऱ्या कर्मचाऱ्यांनी नीटनेटक्या व निळ्या रंगाच्या स्वच्छ गणशेवात हजर राहावे, त्या गणवेशावर ‘ऑन पोलीस डय़ुटी’ अशी अक्षरे लिहिलेली असावीत, त्या कर्मचाऱ्यांचे केस व्यवस्थित कापलेले असावेत, त्यांचे वय अठरापेक्षा जास्त असावे, या कर्मचाऱ्यांना टेम्पोच्या मालकाने ओळखपत्र पुरविणे आवश्यक आहे, त्या ओळखपत्रावर प्रभारी पोलीस निरीक्षक, संबंधित वाहतूक अधिकारी यांची स्वाक्षरी असावी, मालकाने टेम्पोसोबत स्वखर्चाने मोठय़ा आकाराची विजेची बॅटरी ठेवणे आवश्यक आहे अशी नियमावली घालण्यात आली आहे. मात्र, यातील बहुतांश नियम टेम्पो आणि क्रेन मालकांकडून धुडकावले जात आहेत. त्यामुळे पोलिसांच्या वाहतूक शाखेने देखील या वाहनांची माहिती न घेता त्यांची नेमणूक कशी केली, असा प्रश्न उपस्थित झाला आहे.

वाहनाचे नुकसान झाल्यास टेम्पो मालकाने द्यावी भरपाई
नो-पार्किंगमधील वाहन उचलताना वाहनाचे नुकसान झाल्यास त्याला टेम्पो मालक व क्रेन मालक जबाबदार राहतील. वाहन दुरुस्ती भरपाईचा सर्व खर्च टेम्पो मालकाला करावा लागेल, अशी स्पष्ट तरतूद करारात असताना देखील टेम्पो वरील कर्मचारी कशाही पद्धतीने वाहने उचलून टेम्पोमध्ये टाकतात. अनेक वेळा वाहनाचे नुकसान झाल्यानंतर वाहन चालकाचे म्हणणेसुद्धा हे कर्मचारी ऐकून घेत नाहीत. वाहन चालकाशी अत्यंत वाईट भाषेत बोलतात, असा नागरिकांच्या तक्रारी आहेत. त्याचीही दखल पोलिसांकडून घेतली जात नाही.

स्त्रोत : लोकसत्ता

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Staying on MG Rd? Park your vehicles elsewhere

If you reside in the Pune Camp area and park your vehicle on the roadside, then you better start looking for a new parking spot. You will now not be allowed to park your car on the Mahatma Gandhi (MG) road. The Pune city traffic police have send a letter to Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) last month, stating that residents living in the area should use alternative locations such as East Street and Elphinstone Road to park their vehicle.

Being a commercialisation hub, M G Road attracts a large number of shoppers. However, this also creates a dearth of parking space in the area, because of which shoppers take to double parking, which eats into the carriageway, resulting into traffic snarl in the area.

Residents of the area are unhappy with the thought of parking their vehicles on East Street and Elphinstone road and they suggest that shoppers should park their vehicles on these roads instead. Resident of Centre Street said that if this happens, it will cause inconvenience to the residents living in the area. They are paying tax to the PCB and they should provide us with parking facilities and it should not be the other way round.

Resident of MG Road said that why should the residents of the area be penalized? There are more than 3000 residents living there, out of which more than 20 per cent are senior citizens. Resident of MG Center street said that they purchase vehicles for our convenience, no one would like to walk a distance to hop into their own vehicle. Moreover, if something happens to the vehicle then who will take the onus.

In the meanwhile, sticking to their stand, the traffic police has claimed that on the 1.5 kilometer stretch from Try Luck Chowk to Ambedkar Chowk, more than 400 vehicles are parked daily. Senior police inspector, Cantonment traffic department said that there are more than 150 vehicles that are parked for weeks together. Therefore, there is very less or rather no space for the shoppers who come to shop at MG road.

He adds that they have send letters to the PCB asking them to make attendments like vehicles should not be parked at one place for more than six hours and request the citizens not to park their vehicle on MG road. Only this will help to curb the issue of double parking in the area.

Source: dnaindia,Mar’14

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No consensus yet on pay-and-park scheme

The PMC general body on Tuesday postponed a decision on the much-debated pay-n-park scheme for two-wheelers on 15 roads of the city.

The scheme was first introduced in 2010 and was withdrawn the same year under pressure from civic groups and citizens. A proposal to reintroduce the scheme was pending with the standing committee for a long time last year. The standing committee took a call in November and forwarded it to the general body. The proposal came up for discussion in the general body on Tuesday, it was postponed on the demand of NCP corporators.

BJP, MNS and Shiv Sena corporators wanted the proposal scrapped because they said it is not in larger public interest. Senior leaders of Congress, who firstly supported the opposition, changed their mind and voted in favour of postponing a decision on the matter. But the party stood divided as several Congress corporators stuck to their stand on scrapping the proposal.

The proposal forwarded to the standing committee after an all party meeting states that, the tendency to park vehicles on roads is on the rise in the city because of insufficient parking space. It has resulted in frequent traffic congestion, accidents and slow traffic movement. As the central areas in the city have been developed as per the earlier development control rules, the existing parking facility is falling short. To curb parking on roads and facilitate smooth traffic, a pay-and-park system is a must.

The roads where the pay-and park scheme for two-wheelers is proposed to be introduced are FC Road, JM Road, Karve Road, Tilak Road, Laxmi Road, Bajirao Road, Shivaji Road, Modern College Road, Baner Road, Nehru Road, Paud Road, Ganeshkhind Road, Shastri Road, Babasaheb Ambedkar Road and Tarapore Road.

The PMC plans to charge Rs. 3 for two-wheelers and Rs. 5 for four wheelers as parking fee for an hour. While the opposition wanted the scheme to be scrapped, Congress and NCP decided to delay a decision.

Source: timesofindia, Jan’14

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PMC plans pay-n-park on 15 roads

The civic administration on Monday proposed to reintroduce pay-and-park scheme for two-wheelers on 15 main roads of city, the reluctance of elected representatives notwithstanding. The administration proposed Rs 3 for two-wheeler parking for the first hour and Rs 5 for every subsequent hour.

They tabled the proposal before all party leaders meeting held in the PMC headquarters in Shivajinagar. Though the party leaders refrained from taking a decision and decided to forward the proposal to the civic standing committee, the ruling Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supported it.

The civic body had earlier withdrawn the scheme in 2010 after stringent opposition from civic groups. Since then, the civic administration has repeatedly pushed for two-wheeler pay-and-park proposal, but in futile. However, the PMC has already implemented pay-and-park for four-wheelers on city roads and charges Rs 10 per hour.

In its proposal, the civic administration stated that the police department had asked either for pay-and-park on main roads or no parking zones. Considering the security reasons cited by the police, the PMC has to take a decision, the administration has stated in its proposal.

According to the civic administration, the tendency to park vehicles on roads is on the rise in the city because of insufficient parking space. It has resulted in frequent traffic congestion, accidents and slow traffic movement. As the central areas in the city have been developed as per the earlier development control rules, the existing parking facility is falling short. To curb parking on roads and to facilitate smooth traffic flow, a pay-and-park system is a must.

Deputy chief minister has sought the reintroduction of the scheme. Leader of the House in the PMC and NCP corporator speaking to reporters said, the proposal is appropriate considering security reasons. They will take a final call in the GB meeting.

The standing committee will take a decision on the proposal and forward it to the GB for final decision after which the scheme could be implemented.

Pay and Park Plan for these Roads:

Fergusson College Road Bajirao Road Paud Road
JM Road Shivaji Road Ganeshkhind Road
Karve Road Modern College Road Shastri Road
Tilak Road Baner Road Babasaheb Ambedkar Road
Laxmi Road Nehru Road

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