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Parking your vehicles outside your own house will soon come at a price. The Urban Development Department (UDD) has come up with a draft for a new parking policy, which will charge vehicle owners for parking their cars in public spaces.
The new parking policy has been made on the recommendation of many mobility experts to keep private vehicles off the public roads. The new policy is expected to come into effect from next month onwards. The policy also aims to bring in major changes to the way vehicle owners view parking cars in public spaces.
Mahendra Jain, Chief Additional Secretary, UDD, told Economic Times, "Road space is at a premium and so are footpaths. It has to be used for mobility and not for parking. We are working on a plan to regulate parking in the city."
According to the new policy, there will be strict regulations for on-street parking at high-density corridors such as the Central Business District (CBD) and multi-level parking centres. It will also levy a charge against on-street parking in residential areas and other places where parking is allowed.
Jain stated, "We are also hoping that this will ease congestion in a significant manner." Also, the money received from the various parking charges around the city will further be used to improve road safety, facilities for pedestrians and better parking spaces as well.
As of now, The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) - the local civic body in the Karnataka state capital, has been asked to prepare and implement a local area specific integrated parking plan as envisaged by the Revised Master Plan of 2015.
The BBMP will further have to set up a task force to prepare parking plans in all areas of the city. The task force will be spearheaded by the Zonal commissioners of BBMP, taking responsibility of their respective jurisdiction.
According to the strategy in the new policy, the paid parking rules will come into effect in a phased manner. In Phase 1, all arterial roads, commercial areas and all other roads with major traffic flow will be covered. Phase 1 will be completed within the first four months of the new rules coming into effect. Based on the study and experience from Phase one, the next phase can be taken up later in the future for other remaining areas.
The policy stated, "Pedestrians, mass public transit modes (buses and Metro), emergency vehicles, cycles and differently abled access and parking facilities will get top priority in the area parking plans."
Thoughts On The New Parking Policy In India
The new parking policy will soon see vehicle owners paying a fee to park their cars in front of their home. However, the new policy will also allow easing traffic congestion in many areas. It will also allow pedestrians more space to move around as well.