Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Hefty fee proposed to solve parking problems in city

Hefty fee proposed to solve parking problems in city

Bangalore Bureau
Fee for vehicles entering an area planned
Bangalore: Hefty parking fee and impact fee on large buildings that do not have sufficient parking space, limiting upper cap of vehicles that can ply in the city, levy of fee for deterring vehicles entering/exiting, are among the proposals made to solve parking problems in the draft guideline for parking published by the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) on Monday. The draft guidelines also recommends introduction of area licencing scheme where vehicles other than public transport vehicles are charged for entry into the area, and earmarking of the areas of the city into zones and restricting the entry and exit of vehicles into these zones during specific hours of the day. The guideline suggests use of open spaces such as Parade grounds, Race course, Golf course, Cubbon Park, Palace Grounds, underutilised industrial lands and institutions for creating parking facility through use of basement, underground parking structure without disturbing the functioning of these spaces.

Pedestrian movement
The draft report on pedestrian movement envisages the local authorities (Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, police and others) to fund, develop and maintain pedestrian facilities, offer concessions for private sector participation, coordination during cutting and maintenance of the sidewalks and clear encroachments on sidewalks etc.

Mobility indicators
In another initiative, DULT had commissioned Bangalore Mobility Indicators 2008 and the study was conducted by Wilbur Smith Associates, Bangalore. The study concluded that central city zones — West, East and South — perform better in terms of mobility with adequate availability of public transport. On the other hand, the public transport coverage was below 50 per cent in Byatarayanapura (Bellary Road), Mahadevapura, Bommanahalli, Rajarajeshwari Nagar and Dasarahalli zones, the study said. Though the central city zones perform better in terms of mobility, congestion on roads leads to delays, the report said.

The guideline is made available on the website http://www.bmlta.org and people can send their suggestions on or before August 17 to the Directorate by email: dultbangalore@gmail.com or by post to DULT, 504, 5th floor, Gate 4, MS Building, Dr. Ambedkar Veedhi, Bangalore-560001.

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