Efficient Parking System in Chandigarh

Efficient Parking System in Chandigarh
Last Date Oct 01,2015 00:00 AM IST (GMT +5.30 Hrs)
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What is wrong with our parking system? ...

What is wrong with our parking system?

Subsidized-modern-hi-tech parking is an oxymoron

Chandigarh car density is highest in the country with 227 cars per 1000 people, but the parking rates that are one of the lowest in the country (Rs.5 for car and Rs. 2 for scooter/ bike). This in fact lies at the root of the parking violations. The parking licensees don’t make enough money to invest in CCTVs, boom barriers and other hi-tech gadgets among other things. They also resort to unlawful means like overcharging, allowing more vehicles than the capacity, allowing other economic activities in the parking lot etc.

Equitable distribution of road space

There should be an equitable distribution of road space in the city. Currently 90% of the road space is taken by 22% of the population that owns cars. The pedestrians and users of non-motorised vehicles are squeezed out of the road because in the absence of cycling lanes etc, it is not safe for them.

What should we be doing instead?

Higher charges for parking spaces would even limit our trips by car. That would cut emissions, alleviate congestion and, as a side effect and improve land use. If the same land is given to the developers, the government can earn much more than it is currently doing. The higher parking rates can augment the city resources which can then be invested in road safety, building dedicated cycling tracks, developing green areas, developing vehicle free zones like European countries.

Cities like London, Milan, Singapore, and Stockholm have imposed congestion tax and made parking expensive. In Chandigarh, we still believe in cheap parking. But, there is actually no such thing as cheap parking. Somebody is always paying for it. In our case it is the city administration, but at what cost?

• Shouldn’t we invest more in public transport systems?
• Shouldn’t we develop more green spaces?
• Shouldn’t we have more dedicated cycling tracks and pedestrian walkways like Singapore and other western countries?
• Should we be really subsidizing the parking for the rich? National Urban Transport Policy talks about parking as a public service but the moot question is if it should be subsidized by the administration and that too for the people who are more than capable enough to pay for it? These are some of the questions which need more public participation and deeper deliberation.

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rajneesh porwal 3 years 11 months ago

The parking demand is highest at two places where vehicles tend to rest for major portion of their entire lifespan, and multistoreyed parking needs to be created at these places- i) near/front of residential places, and ii) at work-places.
The increased public transport supply with better quality buses and efficient monitoring systems, better fare collection systems and other IT interventions will ultimately bring the population of private vehicles in check.

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anil balavant joshirao 3 years 11 months ago

To complete my comment : These speed breakers affect the backbone of humans, affect parts of the vehicles, requiring frequent repairing and thirdly it costs heavily to the national exchequer by loss of petrol. My request is to stream line construction of these speed breakers. Give proper instructions about specifications about its height, width and gradient / slope should be gradual, not steep. Thanking you.

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anil balavant joshirao 3 years 11 months ago

Hon Sir,
For long, I wanted to make a humble request to the concerned authorities about Road Traffic. It is about the speed-breakers. Sir, these speed breakers are a menace. They are constructed in a half-hazard manner. Nowhere you would find a similarity in these speed breakers. Neither the height nor the width or slopes. Many the height crashes with the silencers. Same with the width. And the slopes are so steep that while climb They particularly affect the travelers in three ways :-

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Raj K Kaplash 3 years 11 months ago

I intend to suggest you that the parking problem within the sectors is a major issue and lot of problems are being faced by the residents in the shape of altercations and disputes and this issue needs to be tackled at top priority.
One of the solution to my mind is that let all the spaces adjacent to corner houses be utilized converting them into a parking space and allotting it to the residents on rental basis.
In this way the land which has been illegally occupied by the corner plot

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Jaimit Gandhi 3 years 12 months ago

Parking problems in big cities like Chandigarh can be surely resolved and don't we need to do something extraordinary. I have some simple solutions.
(1) We need mandatory rules to be followed by all new infrastructures (corporate buildings, shopping malls, hospitals, universities etc) to provide enough of paid/unpaid parking space their customers.
(2) Existing facilities which do not have proper parking facilities, they may avail the multiple story parking services. #ParkingSystem

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Prakash Gupta 3 years 12 months ago

Please tell contractors to be well behaved and avoid fleecing of vis itors,moreover congebsted sectors be discouraged for overparking,rather vehicles should be stopped at a distance and no parking zones be established like Simla Mall Road.

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Pallav Mukherjee 3 years 12 months ago

People coming in to work from satellite towns shd use the "park & ride" facility........park in huge parking lots outside the city and get a free bus ride into town. This will free the city of thousands of parking slots.
Simultaneously, increase parking fees in crowded areas, and pay by the hour.
The problem is the management of such fees.....its MOSTLY SKIMMED OFF...!!!!
Don't ask by whom.......!!!
And it is in lakhs per day..............!!!

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Pallav Mukherjee 3 years 12 months ago

Back to the parking problem...........make the city Cycle-friendly.Study the systems in any town in the Netherlands, to start off with..............Check Youtube for vids.

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Pallav Mukherjee 3 years 12 months ago

Any 16 persons from the Doaba region will jump at the opportunity of placing 10 buses each on the system, with averaged out profits going to each one of them.
The buses can even be electrified later - as in Kathmandu half a century ago. Or anywhere else in the world.

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Pallav Mukherjee 3 years 12 months ago

If the buses are fitted with LCD screens, they can give local news or ADVERTISEMENTS, which will more than pay for the costs.
People who deposit bags of garbage at the collection centers will get free passes/kilo of garbage. This will kill 2 burds with one stone.