SUDESH BHOSLE | NT
VASCO: Despite a resolution being adopted by Mormugao Municipal Council to introduce pay-parking system in the port town few years ago, till date it has not been implemented.
Pay parking is required to decongest and keep the town chaos-free; however, lack of will on the part of councillors and the concerned department has led to non-implementation of the system.
The council had adopted a resolution to implement the system about decade ago. The councils formed in the years 2000-2005, 2005-2010 and 2010-2015 had discussed the issues pertaining to implementation of the pay-parking system in the port town, but in vain. Recently, Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC) had decided to implement the system along the Swatantra Path for the purpose of parking of two-wheelers and four-wheelers. As per records available with Mormugao municipal administration, the existing council has adopted several resolutions which are placed on the record, however, it again failed to become a reality.
If it is implemented, it will add revenue to the municipal coffers that will be in addition to revenue sources like house tax, municipal property rent, tax from advertising banners and hoardings, octroi tax and several others.
From geographical point of view, the town is surrounded by Mormugao port, railway station, international airport, naval bases- INS Hansa and INS Gomantak, Indian Coast Guard Goa headquarters, Goa Shipyard Ltd, which is a defence ship construction yard, besides other several establishments.
In the past few years, the port town has registered a remarkable growth in the number vehicles and therefore it faces traffic congestion everywhere, compounded by haphazard parking. Due to presence of major establishments, the town roads also witness movement of heavy vehicles and this is leading to congestion especially along narrow stretches.
The statistics also have revealed that the movement of heavy vehicles and haphazard parking of two and four-wheelers along F L Gomes road and Swatantra Path has given rise to accidents. During the last 10 years, over 200 deaths have been reported in and around Vasco which are related to road accidents.
Citizens felt that pay-parking system should be implemented on a priority basis as it will curb congestion and also accidents. They said with it, the road spaces will also be free of vehicles that are being parked.
Director of municipal administration Elvis Gomes said that pay parking is a worldwide concept and it is also implemented in India. “There are several states in the country where pay-parking system has been implemented despite opposition from the people. It is aimed to make the city smarter and bring about discipline among the motorists,” he said.
“As per my knowledge, Mormugao Municipal Council had adopted a resolution long time back when I held the charge as chief officer for implementation of pay-parking system, but it did not materialise,” he said.