Mumbai: After dithering for eight years, the BMC is pushing ahead with its proposal of underground parking by appointing a consultant to conduct the feasibility study for such a facility in Mumbai and suburban areas. The proposal was tabled in the Standing Committee and was unanimously approved.
The plots where the underground parking lots will be first built are the Zhula Maidan in Madanpura in south Bombay (E ward) and the Raosaheb Patwardhan Park at Linking Road in Bandra west (H ward). A senior civic officer said, “The project will need diversion of existing underground utilities (especially the water pipelines). Hence it was important to appoint a consultant.”
The proposal mentions that the civic body will pay two per cent of the project cost as fee to the consultant. While the estimated cost of the project at Zhula maidan is Rs 57.35 crore, the one at Raosaheb will mean an outgo of Rs 88 crore. The BMC had earlier planned to introduce residential parking on pilot project basis in SoBo. However, due to delay in obtaining the No Objection Certificate from the Traffic Department the civic body has decided to scrap the whole idea.