Monday, 20 February 2017

Un-Implementable Laws : Unstoppable Corruption



Mumbai Municipal Corporation is about to implement a “ Pay and Park “ policy for vehicles


THE  POLICY

Parking charges will differ – and depend upon :

·         Day parking  vs  Night Parking ( 8 pm to 8 am )

( Night time charges will be 50 % of Day time charges )



·         Location Category

A = Prime Areas by Footfall

B = Busy Commercial Areas

C = Other Areas



·         Vehicle Category

     4 wheelers = Buses / Cars ( Day time : Rs 3960 – 1320 pm )

     2 Wheelers = Motorcycles  ( Day time : Rs 1650 – 550 pm  )



·         All rates will be different on Sunday and Public Holiday

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·         Only one slot will be available per car owner and housing societies will have to get in touch with their local ward office to know the particulars

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·         For each location category, there will be different rates for “ Hourly Parking “, ranging as follows :

# Cat A = Rs 60 / Cat B = Rs 40 / Cat C = Rs 20 ( for 4 wheelers )

# Cat A = Rs 15 / Cat B = Rs 5 / Cat C = Rs 5 ( for 2 wheelers )

Charges will change “ Parking Duration “ wise ( 1-3 hr / 3-6 hr / 6-12 hr / 12-24 hr )


·         Parking will be FREE for certain designated areas


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  WILL  APPLY  TO

·         There  are some 30 lakh vehicles in Mumbai , comprising 17 lakh 2 wheelers and 9 lakh , 4 wheelers ( no idea about vehicles in transit or being scrapped ! )

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·         Some 500 new vehicles are getting registered DAILY

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·         More than half of these are being parked on public roads ( day and night )

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·         Mumbai boasts of 2000 km of public roads


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WHO WILL ISSUE  “ PARKING PERMITS “ ?

Some “ humans “ sitting in RTO or some other Government Department



WHAT PROOF WILL THEY NEED ?

·          Domicile Certificate
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·          Aadhar Card
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·          Proof of Residential Addresses ( or Office Address ) from your building Societies
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·          Car Registration Book ( proof that car belongs to YOU )
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·          Letters from Society Secretaries confirming that you are not allotted any parking space inside the Society premises
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·         Letter from RTO re number of vehicles registered in your name


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WHAT CRITERIA WILL BE USED WHILE GRANTING PARKING PERMIT ?

·          Number of members in applicant’s family
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·          Number of vehicles in applicant’s family
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·          Duration of stay in Mumbai
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·          Duration of ownership of vehicles
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·          Location Category ( Resi / Office )
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·          Daily Travel direction and distance to be covered ( to / from )
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·          Whether Petrol / Diesel or Electric Vehicle
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·          Reason for not using “ Public Transport “
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·          Why you cannot use a 2 wheeler in place of a 4 wheeler ?
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·          Why you cannot work at night instead of in day time ? or a staggered shift ?
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·          If coming to work from outside Municipal Limits , why can’t you leave your vehicle outside and take a taxi ?
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·         Why can’t you take your family for a movie on a Sunday ?

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CAN A HUMAN REJECT YOUR CLAIM BASED ON THESE CRITERIA ?

·         That is the whole idea ! How else can he “ oblige “ you – for a “ consideration “ ?



 CANNOT A SOFTWARE ALGORITHM ALLOT PARKING PERMITS FAIRLY ?

·         No big deal for a software to decide : “ Who “ gets to park, “ Where and When “

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·         If actual traffic pattern ( including ,” which “vehicle was stationary – parked – and “ when “  – and for “ how long “ ) can be compiled for a period of 3 months , then , using BIG DATA ANALYTICS , this can be done by a software


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WHAT WILL BE REQUIRED ?

·         Every vehicle to be fitted with a RFID sensor / GPS locator app
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·         Exclusive Transponder on a Geo-Synchronous Satellite




CAN ANYTHING BE DONE TO AUTOMATE COLLECTION OF PARKING CHARGES ?

·         No problem ! Since the days of coin-operated Parking Meters on footpaths , technology has made tremendous progress
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·         May be latest version of such meters do not require coins but swipe of a card

·         Only problem is that you need an army of Traffic Policemen who can keep roaming Mumbai’s 2000 km of roads , to find out which Parking Meter is showing RED FLAG , indicating expiry of parking time !

And  of course , “ hafta trade “ will flourish like anything !




WHAT OTHER TECHNOLOGIES CAN HELP ?

·         Shri Nitin Gadkariji has already introduced automated toll gates where car owners need not stop to pay the toll charges . Vehicles which have installed pre-paid RFID sensors can just whiz pass ! Toll amount gets deducted / transferred , automatically


There is no technological difficulty in “ reversing “ this application for stationary vehicles !



·         Then there are drones ! 

An army of drones can keep tab ( 24*7 ) of all stationary vehicles , find those which are stationary at the same GPS location for more than 10 minutes and deduct the appropriate “ parking charges “ from those pre-paid RFID sensors , installed in all vehicles . No rocket science this ! Vehicle batteries will supply power to RFID chips


·         And if you do not want to track / monitor / control , an army of DRONES , then just ask ISRO to launch a Geo-Synchronous Satellite to do the same job for ALL the vehicles in ALL the cities of India !




WHY DO WE NEED TO DECIDE , WHO WILL / CAN , PARK WHERE AND WHEN AND FOR HOW LONG ?


Let vehicle owners park any number of vehicles , anywhere and at any time and for any period – if they manage to find a parking slot !


As long as vehicles are installed with pre-paid RFID chips , our Geo Satellite will keep collecting parking charges and transfer to the bank account of Mumbai Municipal Corporation !


NO HUMAN INTERVENTION !
 
NO ARBITRARY DECISIONS !
 
NO NEED FOR MILLIONS OF APPLICATIONS TO BE PROCESSED !

NO NEED FOR COLLECTION MACHINERY !

NO ARMY OF TRAFFIC POLICE TO CHECK PARKING VIOLATIONS !

NO SCOPE FOR HAFTAS !


And ISRO will do all of this for , may be Rs 100 crores , which is dirt cheap !


If all 20 crore vehicles get covered by this Satellite , cost per vehicle will be just Rs 5 / -




HOW MUCH CAN BMC EARN USING SUCH A SATELLITE ?

Here is an approx. estimate based on average of parking rates proposed by BMC :

#   For Day / Night Parking Slots ( allotted )

·         For 9 lakh 4 wheelers …..      Rs  237  Crore / month

·         For 17 lakh 2 wheelers….      Rs  187  Crore / month

·         For  4 lakh others…………..     Rs    60  Crore / month


#   For hourly rate parking ( non-alloted )

·         All types of vehicles……..       Rs   300  Crore / month


TOTAL ……………………………      Rs   784   Crore / month ( Rs 9,408 Cr / year )



Now it is not difficult for NDA Ministers concerned ( Shri Nitin Gadkariji / Shri Venkaiah Naiduji ) to compute such “ Revenue “ figures for ALL other municipalities and conclude that the Geo Satellite will pay for itself in just ONE DAY  !


Please , do not misunderstand me


I am not publishing this blog in order to influence the voters in tomorrow’s BMC elections , to vote for that party which promises to implement my suggestion !

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20  Feb  2017