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

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Passing the Buck ?

With each passing day , we keep getting a new “ clarification “ in respect of the latest “ Pay and Park “ policy of the BMC

Latest says : Individuals cannot apply for parking spaces

I suppose BMC officers concerned realized that it was almost impossible to allot parking spaces to individuals , after reading my email :

Un-Implementable Laws : Unstoppable Corruption “ ( 20 Feb 2017 )


{ https://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2017/02/un-implementable-laws-unstoppable.html }


These clarifications also say :


·         If you live in a housing society with insufficient parking space, you can get a parking spot nearby


·         However, the housing society will have to apply to the civic body asking for for the spot on a nearby road


·         Priority will be given to buildings which are near the demarcated parking space


·         If more than one building wants the space, the civic body will conduct a lottery


·         After a housing society gets a parking space, it will be its responsibility to allot the space to flat owners and provide a security guard


·         The others will have to park in authorised parking lots nearby


·         The society will have to submit an application form with residential proof to ward office to get a parking spot for 12 hours ( 8pm to 8am ) on a yearly permit


·         Under the policy, each flat owner can be allotted parking space for only one car


·         Civic body will not allow parking on the roads during the day and charge residents for parking on roads at night


·         Housing societies will have to ensure that nobody parks in allotted spaces



May be these “ clarifications “ do answer some of the questions that I have raised in my above-mentioned blog ( sent as email to all concerned officers of BMC )


Except the following :


If this policy is patently “ un-implementable “, then will it not increase “ corruption “ at each and every step where a HUMAN BEING gets involved in its “ interpretation “ , before taking a decision ?


Is it at all possible to monitor the correct / appropriate implementation , on 24 hour basis ?


Will passing on some of the responsibility to the housing societies, increase or decrease the corruption ?


Is finding of a “ parking space “ , a problem ,only at night ?


Are not most TRAFFIC JAMS on Mumbai’s 2000 km long roads caused during the DAY , due to double-parking everywhere , blocking the traffic ?


Has any accurate estimate been made of how many of Mumbai’s population of 30 lakh vehicles has parking spaces WITHIN the society compounds ? How many need night time ( and , of course , day time ) parking spot on the roads ?




Dear Shri Sanjay Deshmukh ( Additional Municipal Commissioner ) :


It is NOT too late to get help from IIT-Powai , to examine the feasibility of the TECHNICAL SOLUTION proposed in my blog !



18  April  2017

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