City to get independent car parking authority

 Mumbai
City to get independent car parking authority

The planning committee of the city's Development Plan has mooted the setting up of an independent authority to resolve the growing problem of vehicle parking in Mumbai.

An independent authority is necessary to initiate a discussion and reach a consensus on the BMC's policy on vehicle parking and available parking spaces in the city. The proposed authority will govern the new parking spaces created by developers in the city. The proposed authority will comprise experts and independent analysts as well. According to planning committee member Gautam Chatterjee, the proposed authority will hold additional charge of parking issues along with granting permissions for public parking spaces.

MPT land reservations to continue

Land use on Mumbai Port Trust land has been kept constant in the city's proposed development plan. According to the maps provided by the MPT, two new zones - a Port Operational Zone and a Port Waterfront Development Zone - have been demarcated.

The Development Control Rules (DCR) have been renamed as Development Control and Promotion Rules (DCPR) by the planning committee.

Highlights -

Inclusion of encroached lands under special development zone 1 and free hold lands under special development zone 2, for affordable housing
- Ecologically sensitive areas like salt pans and high and low tide zones to be included in 'natural zones'.

- Disaster management plan to incorporate environmental impact assessment principles

- Five per cent additional land to be made available for buildings which opt for energy conservation techniques in construction

- Public toilets to be constructed every three kilometers on highways and important roads

- Changes mooted in DC rules for conservation of heritage structures classified as class I and class II

- Rules to be modified to allow and encourage slum dwellers for redevelopment of their dwellings

- Proposal to widen narrow roads that have been only partially widened

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