Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Monday, 20 February 2017

Un-Implementable Laws : Unstoppable Corruption



Mumbai Municipal Corporation is about to implement a “ Pay and Park “ policy for vehicles


THE  POLICY

Parking charges will differ – and depend upon :

·         Day parking  vs  Night Parking ( 8 pm to 8 am )

( Night time charges will be 50 % of Day time charges )



·         Location Category

A = Prime Areas by Footfall

B = Busy Commercial Areas

C = Other Areas



·         Vehicle Category

     4 wheelers = Buses / Cars ( Day time : Rs 3960 – 1320 pm )

     2 Wheelers = Motorcycles  ( Day time : Rs 1650 – 550 pm  )



·         All rates will be different on Sunday and Public Holiday

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·         Only one slot will be available per car owner and housing societies will have to get in touch with their local ward office to know the particulars

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·         For each location category, there will be different rates for “ Hourly Parking “, ranging as follows :

# Cat A = Rs 60 / Cat B = Rs 40 / Cat C = Rs 20 ( for 4 wheelers )

# Cat A = Rs 15 / Cat B = Rs 5 / Cat C = Rs 5 ( for 2 wheelers )

Charges will change “ Parking Duration “ wise ( 1-3 hr / 3-6 hr / 6-12 hr / 12-24 hr )


·         Parking will be FREE for certain designated areas


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  WILL  APPLY  TO

·         There  are some 30 lakh vehicles in Mumbai , comprising 17 lakh 2 wheelers and 9 lakh , 4 wheelers ( no idea about vehicles in transit or being scrapped ! )

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·         Some 500 new vehicles are getting registered DAILY

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·         More than half of these are being parked on public roads ( day and night )

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·         Mumbai boasts of 2000 km of public roads


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WHO WILL ISSUE  “ PARKING PERMITS “ ?

Some “ humans “ sitting in RTO or some other Government Department



WHAT PROOF WILL THEY NEED ?

·          Domicile Certificate
·          
·          Aadhar Card
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·          Proof of Residential Addresses ( or Office Address ) from your building Societies
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·          Car Registration Book ( proof that car belongs to YOU )
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·          Letters from Society Secretaries confirming that you are not allotted any parking space inside the Society premises
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·         Letter from RTO re number of vehicles registered in your name


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WHAT CRITERIA WILL BE USED WHILE GRANTING PARKING PERMIT ?

·          Number of members in applicant’s family
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·          Number of vehicles in applicant’s family
·          
·          Duration of stay in Mumbai
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·          Duration of ownership of vehicles
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·          Location Category ( Resi / Office )
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·          Daily Travel direction and distance to be covered ( to / from )
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·          Whether Petrol / Diesel or Electric Vehicle
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·          Reason for not using “ Public Transport “
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·          Why you cannot use a 2 wheeler in place of a 4 wheeler ?
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·          Why you cannot work at night instead of in day time ? or a staggered shift ?
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·          If coming to work from outside Municipal Limits , why can’t you leave your vehicle outside and take a taxi ?
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·         Why can’t you take your family for a movie on a Sunday ?

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CAN A HUMAN REJECT YOUR CLAIM BASED ON THESE CRITERIA ?

·         That is the whole idea ! How else can he “ oblige “ you – for a “ consideration “ ?



 CANNOT A SOFTWARE ALGORITHM ALLOT PARKING PERMITS FAIRLY ?

·         No big deal for a software to decide : “ Who “ gets to park, “ Where and When “

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·         If actual traffic pattern ( including ,” which “vehicle was stationary – parked – and “ when “  – and for “ how long “ ) can be compiled for a period of 3 months , then , using BIG DATA ANALYTICS , this can be done by a software


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WHAT WILL BE REQUIRED ?

·         Every vehicle to be fitted with a RFID sensor / GPS locator app
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·         Exclusive Transponder on a Geo-Synchronous Satellite




CAN ANYTHING BE DONE TO AUTOMATE COLLECTION OF PARKING CHARGES ?

·         No problem ! Since the days of coin-operated Parking Meters on footpaths , technology has made tremendous progress
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·         May be latest version of such meters do not require coins but swipe of a card

·         Only problem is that you need an army of Traffic Policemen who can keep roaming Mumbai’s 2000 km of roads , to find out which Parking Meter is showing RED FLAG , indicating expiry of parking time !

And  of course , “ hafta trade “ will flourish like anything !




WHAT OTHER TECHNOLOGIES CAN HELP ?

·         Shri Nitin Gadkariji has already introduced automated toll gates where car owners need not stop to pay the toll charges . Vehicles which have installed pre-paid RFID sensors can just whiz pass ! Toll amount gets deducted / transferred , automatically


There is no technological difficulty in “ reversing “ this application for stationary vehicles !



·         Then there are drones ! 

An army of drones can keep tab ( 24*7 ) of all stationary vehicles , find those which are stationary at the same GPS location for more than 10 minutes and deduct the appropriate “ parking charges “ from those pre-paid RFID sensors , installed in all vehicles . No rocket science this ! Vehicle batteries will supply power to RFID chips


·         And if you do not want to track / monitor / control , an army of DRONES , then just ask ISRO to launch a Geo-Synchronous Satellite to do the same job for ALL the vehicles in ALL the cities of India !




WHY DO WE NEED TO DECIDE , WHO WILL / CAN , PARK WHERE AND WHEN AND FOR HOW LONG ?


Let vehicle owners park any number of vehicles , anywhere and at any time and for any period – if they manage to find a parking slot !


As long as vehicles are installed with pre-paid RFID chips , our Geo Satellite will keep collecting parking charges and transfer to the bank account of Mumbai Municipal Corporation !


NO HUMAN INTERVENTION !
 
NO ARBITRARY DECISIONS !
 
NO NEED FOR MILLIONS OF APPLICATIONS TO BE PROCESSED !

NO NEED FOR COLLECTION MACHINERY !

NO ARMY OF TRAFFIC POLICE TO CHECK PARKING VIOLATIONS !

NO SCOPE FOR HAFTAS !


And ISRO will do all of this for , may be Rs 100 crores , which is dirt cheap !


If all 20 crore vehicles get covered by this Satellite , cost per vehicle will be just Rs 5 / -




HOW MUCH CAN BMC EARN USING SUCH A SATELLITE ?

Here is an approx. estimate based on average of parking rates proposed by BMC :

#   For Day / Night Parking Slots ( allotted )

·         For 9 lakh 4 wheelers …..      Rs  237  Crore / month

·         For 17 lakh 2 wheelers….      Rs  187  Crore / month

·         For  4 lakh others…………..     Rs    60  Crore / month


#   For hourly rate parking ( non-alloted )

·         All types of vehicles……..       Rs   300  Crore / month


TOTAL ……………………………      Rs   784   Crore / month ( Rs 9,408 Cr / year )



Now it is not difficult for NDA Ministers concerned ( Shri Nitin Gadkariji / Shri Venkaiah Naiduji ) to compute such “ Revenue “ figures for ALL other municipalities and conclude that the Geo Satellite will pay for itself in just ONE DAY  !


Please , do not misunderstand me


I am not publishing this blog in order to influence the voters in tomorrow’s BMC elections , to vote for that party which promises to implement my suggestion !

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20  Feb  2017


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