The three parking bays in the Bandra Kurla Complex that had been out of commission for several weeks, will soon be back in business.
This spells relief for hundreds of vehicle owners who had been inconvenienced by the sudden halt of services. The issue, highighted in a series of reports by Mumbai Live, was finally taken up by the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) which has found contractors to run the parking bays. While two contractors have already been appointed, a third is being finalised to maintain the third spot, says MMRDA deputy metropolitan commissioner Anil Wankhede. The new annual contracts mean the parking issues at BKC have been resolved for at least the next one year.
The G Block at the BKC plays host to several offices, where Mumbaikars drive in with their cars daily. The sudden halt of parking services at the three parking bays in February due to a paucity of contractors to maintain them caused inconvenience to vehicle owners. Citizens' groups had complained that the MMRDA had purposely stopped services at the bays to enable the neighbouring bay at Reliance's Jio Garden to operate better. Protests were held to indicate that the Jio bays, although available, were priced higher than the MMRDA ones.
As a result of the Mumbai Live reports, the MMRDA recommenced operations at the parking bays, and had made the services free as well. Two contractors, SS Enterprises and Akhtar Enterprises have already been appointed for a year. Parking charges will now be imposed as per civic rules, says Wankhede.
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