Sunday, September 24, 2006

‘Pay & Park’ to return on City roads

BMP proposes non-metered system in 13 places
‘Pay & Park’ to return on City roads
Deccan Herald

The ‘Pay and Park’ system is all set to make a comeback on Bangalore roads...

The ‘Pay and Park’ system is all set to make a comeback on Bangalore roads. The Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) has proposed to introduce an on-street, non-metered ‘pay and park’ system on 13 roads in the City.

However, when the BMP’s administrative wing, on Saturday, called for tenders to appoint parking operators to manage the roads for a period of one year, it drew flak from the elected wing (Council).

According to BMP officials, the ‘Pay and Park’ system would be implemented on CMH Road, Langford Road, RT Nagar Main, Shivajinagar market road, MG Road, Commercial Street, Brigade Road and KR market road, among others.

“The traffic police suggested paid parking on 13 roads, following a series of meetings. However, we decided to have a non-metered parking system with parking attendants. The system allows parking for a maximum of five hours,” said a senior official.

Councillors irked

Earlier, the Traffic Department had suggested paid parking on more than 100 roads in the City for better regulation of traffic and prevention of on-street parking. But the proposal was shot down by both the Council and the parking sub-committee.

The tender notification has irked some of the councillors. Said ruling party leader Ravindra:“We had sought a blanket ban on paid parking across the City as it is not affordable. We will oppose it in the three-day Council meeting next week. However, we have had instances of the tenders getting cancelled under the KMC Act.”

BJP leader and Councillor AH Basavaraj said, “I guess the select roads are in commercial areas. We have no objection to paid parking in market areas. But it should not eventually extend to semi-commercial and residential areas.”


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