In a cramped up city like Mumbai, where even footpaths are occupied, finding a parking spot is a herculean task. However, the city is all geared up to witness a car parking revolution as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has initiated to develop a mobile app that will enable commuters to book a parking slot online. Based on the lines of IRCTC booking app, BMC plans on introducing seven parking lots in South Mumbai, namely Eros Cinema, Crawford Market, Flora Fountain and four others, by the end of the year.
How will the app work
The app will show available parking spots to its user. The user can then book the slot in advance for an hour or more, depending on the availability. The app allows the user to pay the parking charges online. Once the payment is done, the user can show the e-receipt at the parking lot and park the car.
At the moment, BMC has already invited Expressions Of Interest (EOI) from companies to develop the app. Though automatic parking is truly helpful to streamline traffic pressure, AV Shenoy, Transport Expert, Mumbai Vikas Samiti mentioned, “The plan needs to be holistic. BMC needs to map all parking lots in South Mumbai, only after which this mobile application will be successful.”