Hawking zones likely on bicycle tracks, on-street parking space

July 23, 2014

Prasad Kulkarni,TNN

PUNE: Roadside parking, even unused cycle tracks in the city, can soon be the place for hawkers to do business. The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is contemplating such a move to rehabilitate vendors.

“There are 20,000 hawkers who have to be settled. The civic administration does not have enough space to rehabilitate them, so various options such as cycle tracks have been considered. The officials are also looking at an option to accommodate hawkers in some parking places,” said sources at PMC’s anti- encroachment department.

The sources said there are some roads where people park their vehicles, unofficially. They will be converted into parking and some section will be given to hawkers. In some cases, the existing roadside parking space will also be used.

The civic administration has made markings on some cycle tracks which some activists and political leaders have opposed. “The administration is considering the use of cycle track space which has met with little opposition. The hawkers will be allowed to operate from the cycle tracks provided they are not a nuisance to traffic or pedestrians,” a senior PMC official said.

The PMC has developed a network of cycle tracks and footpaths from SNDT College to Prabhat Road, Fergusson College to Sant Dnyaneshwar Paduka mandir and Model Colony to University Road using JNNURM funds.

Additional commissioner Rajendra Jagtap said the civic administration has not taken any final call on these moves. “There are some options which we will consider on a pilot basis. A committee designated for this purpose will decide. A meeting of all the stake holders will be conducted before a final decision,” he told TOI.

As per the Supreme Court order on September 13, 2013, and directives of the state government’s urban development department on October 21, 2013, the civic administration has to allow all vendors to do their business. Accordingly, the PMC has planned hawkers’ zones across the city. The PMC administration had also decided to do a biometric census and provide all hawkers with UID numbers.



An app to palliate parking woes

July 15, 2014

How many times have we gone around circles trying to find that prized parking slot for our vehicles? What if there was a way to find out where there is a parking spot ready, or even better, book it in advance?

Pparke, a parking analytics platform, has been recently launched to help parking space providers and owners such as malls, universities, airports, municipal corporations as well as vehicle owners. The concept makes parking as easy as booking a movie ticket online or recharging your phone credit.

The brainchild of Pristech Analytics, founded by the husband-wife duo of Shampa Ganguly, an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB), and engineer Pritam Ganguly in August 2013, the company is being incubated at the NS Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (NSRCEL) at IIMB.

Ms. Ganguly explained that the Cloud-based concept – available on the Google Store as an app for download as well as on the Internet – is mainly for parking availability information in any part of the city.

“You pay in advance and reserve a parking slot for yourself. Right now we are charging the same amount as the parking provider charges. Some malls have already registered with us and we have around 200 people using it so far. We plan to do this in schools and offices which are closed on weekends, especially in the heart of the city,” she said.

Not only this, the company is also in talks with the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike for partnership, and also with the Traffic Police to implement a card system for pay and park.

Ms. Ganguly also said the app would be applicable to four-wheelers only, as of now, and components such as no parking zones have not been factored in so far.

sources: The Hindu

Lack of planning takes a toll on commuters

March 12, 2014

Hindustan Times (Delhi)

Asheesh Mamgain

With a little vision, the authorities could have avoided digging the second time. SURINDER SINGH, Nihal Vihar

The Nangloi-Najafgarh Road is a vital road link that connects north Delhi with west Delhi. The road sees heavy vehicular traffic throughout the day, and is one of the worst stretches in the city. Commuters lament that this has been the condition on the road for the last few years and given the state of affairs, the problems are likely to continue next year as well.


NADEEM HASSAN / HT PHOTO Work on Nangloi-Najafgarh Road was completed six months back and now it will be dug up again by DJB .The main reason for the problems related to the Nangloi-Najafgarh Road is the lack of coordination between different government agencies and lack of planning as well. The public works department (PWD) was involved in giving a fresh concrete layer to the road in the last few years. But the work was hampered when the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) initiated a major rupees nine crore sewerline project for the villages lining the road. The residents of villages such as Baprola, Bakarwala and Nilothi had been demanding a sewerline for years.

As a result the road was dug up and the road laying project got derailed and was consequently delayed. Though the road was completed six months ago after a delay of a couple of years, it is again going to be dug up by DJB. Says Pankaj Singh, the area councillor, “The sewerline the DJB had laid down for five villages along NangloiNajafgrah Road was a small one. Now in addition to these villages there are 25 other unauthorised colonies lining the road. Now the DJB has cleared another project of Rs 24 crore for putting in a bigger line.”

Says Surinder Singh, a resident of Nihal Vihar, “Only with a little vision, the authorities could have included these unauthorised colonies in the earlier sewerline project. This would have saved a lot of taxpayer’s money and also avoided another round of digging on the recently laid down road. The commuters are now going to have a tough time. But sewerline for our colonies is also an important issue.”

Another problem pertaining to the Nangloi-Najafgarh Road has been illegal vendors occupying precious road space. The problem still continues. Says Sukhdev Dabbas, a resident, “During evening hours, the road sees so much traffic and the presence of illegal vendors whose numbers is ever increasing, only compounds our problems.”



Parking charges may go up across city

December 7, 2013

Hindustan Times (Delhi)
Ritam Halder
NEW DELHI: Parking charges may soon be hiked across Delhi.SUNIL GHOSH / HT PHOTO -The proposal to increase parking rates may be scrapped again by the political wings of the municipal corporations in view of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

According to highly-placed sources, the three municipal corporations are set to propose increasing parkingcharges in the next budget session.They said the proposal for the budgets for the next financial year would be presented by the respective commissioners on Monday.

“The current parkingrates are abysmally low. There will be a proposal to hike this. A basic rate will be proposed, which will then be debated in the House. A final decision will be taken after the issue is discussed at length,” a senior North Delhi Municipal Corporation official told Hindustan Times.

In March 2012, the Lieutenant Governor (L-G) had approved a hike in parking chargesfrom ` 10 per hour to ` 20 per hour for cars. Under the new guidelines, the parkingrates for the first 30 minutes for a four-wheeler was to be ` 10 followed by ` 20 for an hour and ` 50 for three hours.

Currently, Delhiites pay ` 10 for 10 hours and ` 20 for 24 hours in the municipal parkinglots across the city.

The recommendations for the hike in parkingrates, which were made by the Delhi government-appointed committee onparking, however, were not accepted by the political wing of the corporations for the fear of a adverse reaction from the people in the Assembly elections.

Even in last year’s budget, the south, north and east corporations had rejected a hike inparking chargesproposed by the commissioners of the civic bodies.

“The leaders had said that people won’t be able to afford highparking charges due to inflation. This time, too, it might happen again due to political considerations over the Lok Sabha polls in 2014. We propose, they dispose,” a senior South civic body official, who wished not to be named, said.



Unclaimed cars occupy Asaf Ali Road parking

December 2, 2013

Hindustan Times (Delhi)

Ritam Halder


Vehicle owners were sent notices after HT highlighted the number of cars lying abandoned at the underground parking lot.


NEW DELHI: No revamp is in sight for the Asaf Ali Road underground parking lot near Delite Cinema, which has emerged as a den for vehicles parked for ages.

HT PHOTOAbandoned cars at the Asaf Ali Road parking lot.In August, after Hindustan Times had pointed out the woes of this lot where cars remain parked for months, if not years, the officials of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation had sent notices to the respective vehicle owners.

ADC (RP Cell) Ravideep Singh Chahar had written to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) to find out whether any of these “abandoned” vehicles were involved in criminal cases or have been reported stolen. Respective vehicle owners were also notified.

“The transport department was given a list of 264 abandoned vehicles to ascertain their owners. It responded with a list of 193 vehicles along with the names of their owners. We had sent notices to the respective owners with a 15-day deadline to respond. None of them have responded,” a senior North body official told Hindustan Times, adding that the NCRB, too, is yet to reply and inform if any of these vehicles were stolen.

“The NCRB has been sent a reminder, too, but there is no response,” he said. These unclaimed vehicles take up almost 25% of the three levels of this underground parking lot, which can accommodate 1,400 vehicles.

The letter written to the NCRB states: “As per information given by the parking contractor and other concerned authority, a list of vehicles lying unclaimed in the parking site for so many years was sent to the Commissioner Transport Department of Delhi for giving details of registration of such vehicles…. The North Delhi Municipal Corporation wants to dispose of these unclaimed vehicles after issuance of notice to owners of these vehicles and with the consent of the Police.”



Illegal parking takes a big bite out of busy Kochi Broadway

September 24, 2013

Unauthorised parking on Broadway has made life difficult for the public and traders. Photo: Thulasi Kakkat

(The Hindu–Unauthorised parking on Broadway has made life difficult for  the public and traders.                     Photo: Thulasi Kakkat)

  The name might have made sense a few years ago.

But today, calling one of the oldest and busiest business centres in the city Broadway is laughable as unauthorised parking has shrunk the road.

“It should be renamed narrow way,” remarked Joseph D’Silva, a member of the Broadway Shop Owners’ Association (BSOA) formed to find a solution to the commercial hub’s parking troubles.

Mr. D’Silva said two-wheelers parked in multiple rows on the left side of Broadway made life difficult for the public and traders alike. He said Broadway had become congested because employees of a shopping complex, sandwiched between Shanmugham Road and Broadway, parked their vehicles on the road.

“Employees of the shops in this trading complex have made Broadway the de facto parking space for their two-wheelers. This has cramped the 250-metre stretch of Broadway right from its entry point,” he said.

Complaint lodged

BSOA has lodged complaints with the City Police Commissioner and the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Traffic, seeking a permanent solution to this problem.

P.A. Sageer, president, BSOA, warned that shop owners would be forced to resort to protests if authorities concerned failed to address the issue.

“The business in shops facing the illegal parking area has taken a severe beating. Our efforts to sort out the issue with owners of the shopping complex have proved futile,” he said.

K.S. Baby Vinod, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Traffic West, said the police regulated parking at Broadway this festive season by deploying additional men and conducting bike patrol.

“The idea is to continue the arrangement and restrict parking to just one row and that too where space is available. Declaring Broadway a no-parking zone is the possible permanent solution. But it draws opposition from a section of traders,” he said.

In fact, the Ernakulam Merchants Union, now rechristened Kerala Merchants Union, along with the City Corporation had made Broadway a no-parking area a few years back. But that experiment fizzled out.

Gopal Shenoy, general secretary, Kerala Merchants’ Union, said the experiment facilitated smooth progress of trade along Broadway. However, the adjoining Cloth Bazaar Road and Market Road became clogged with parked vehicles and a section of traders there suffered.

Later a section of traders in Broadway allowed customers to park their two-wheelers while making purchases, but this led to customers parking their vehicles and cramping the road.

Mr. Shenoy said the police seemed to be considering the possibility of bringing back a parking ban in Broadway.

“In that case, we will ask for a similar ban on Cloth Bazaar Road and Market Road to avoid a repeat of the past,” he said.

Kerala Merchants’ Union is all set to hold a meeting with the police and BSOA to find a permanent solution to the parking woes of Broadway.





Where do I park my car?

September 13, 2013

Ananya Bhardwaj , Shikha Sharma , Pragya Kaushika

A thinly populated neighbourhood with just two cars. That was Rajendra Nagar in the good old days, reminisces septuagenarian D N Narang, who has been living in the locality since 1954. Elsewhere in the capital, few cars would be parked on the roads; there was no need to.Today, at last count the number of four-wheelers in Delhi had crossed the 23-lakh mark with little space to park them and not even a semblance of a parking policy in sight. In Narang’s colony, there are at least three scraps a week over parking spaces; the locality’s serene aura now relegated to the deep recesses of his memory.

He recalls a time when not many people had cars. “We used to have single-storey houses that were actually bigger compared to today’s standards. In the entire neighbourhood, there were only two cars. Now, the colony has 500 plots on which there are 1,400 flats, each with at least two cars. People with bigger flats have three cars. Every other day, we intervene in fights over parking spaces,” Narang said.



It’s the same story all over the city.

A few km away in Karol Bagh, enterprising residents have found a way to profit from the paucity of parking space in the city. Here, residents ‘rent’ out parking spots inside residential complexes to outsiders. “There’s a huge demand for parking spots in the area. Fights break out continuously over right of parking. In such a scenario, first we ensure that there is enough parking space for our own vehicles. And if there is space left to accommodate others’ cars, what’s the harm in letting it out?” asked Neeraj, a local resident who lives in one of the government flats in the area.

“Government residential complexes usually have a lot of space. So I let it out to people who need it, but to mostly those who live nearby or whom I know,” he added.

Neeraj claimed he does not charge money for letting others park their cars in his colony, but a lot of residents do. Like Manish Singh, another local resident, who even advertises the availability of parking space on a website. “Have a huge parking space in Karol Bagh area (near Khalsa College). Genuine people may contact after 6 pm on any day (sic),” reads one advertisement.



The deal is simple. For a sum between Rs 3,000 and Rs 5,000, one can book a parking spot outside flats for a month by getting in touch with local residents. Some even ask for a two-month advance. “Almost everyone in the locality does it and claim to know the people to whom they let out the parking spots. But the truth is, not everybody is a known customer. In this locality of nine-10 houses, you’ll find 40 cars parked in the evening,” he claimed.

In residential areas, particularly those next to commercial hubs, the parking problem — and with it traffic congestion — intensifies. “My family lives in a three-storeyed house and we have six cars. People who come to the South Extension market park their cars in front of residents’ houses and go shopping for hours. Consequently, fights are common here,” Sudhir Handa of South Extension Part-II said.



Similarly, Hauz Khas village, on a typical weekend, turns into a nightmare for visitors and residents with cars parked cheek by jowl.

“During weekends, it’s wise to come down to the village before 8 pm. After that, it’s impossible to park here. Then, you usually park a kilometre or two away and walk till the village, or park outside the residential apartments. But that’s hardly safe or convenient. So, we strike a deal of sorts with the local security guard of a nearby apartment. We pay him Rs 100-200. For that sum, he not only parks your car within the apartment complex but also keeps an eye on it,” Debjit Mitra, who visits the village frequently, said.

On the road leading up to the village, such attendants are easy to spot. While some may offer their services only when asked, others are upfront. Though the Hauz Khas Welfare Association is not aware of the practice, they do admit that indiscriminate parking outside their homes, especially on weekends, has turned into a nuisance.

“The situation has gone out of control. People visiting restaurants in the village park their vehicles right outside our homes. Some even drink and create mischief. The problem has become so acute during weekends that we are even thinking of filing a petition in court,” S L Jain, chairman, Hauz Khaz, K & P blocks, said.

Without a clear parking policy on the part of the government, the problem has reached alarming proportions in the city.



Parking chaos, garbage on pavements in Bhikaji Cama Place

September 5, 2013

Hindustan Times (Delhi)


As it is, those who have their offices in Bhikaji Cama Place are facing problems due to a crunch in the parking space. The pavements, the service lanes and the backlanes are being used for parking. But at present, there is another problem that the people visiting the area or those who have their offices in the area are facing.

(    (Garbage is dumped in the areas meant for parking.)

Most of the parking space along the main road is being wasted because garbage is being dumped on the pavements. “Since the garbage is dumped in the middle of the parking space, a lot of space is wasted. Some people come in early just to get parking space here. But when they come here, all they see is garbage,” says BK Sirohi, a shop owner.

There are heaps of garbage on the pavements and the stink is unbearable. “Cleanliness in the area was never a priority with the civic agency. Funds for the cleanliness of the area are never utilised. As for the contributions made by shopkeepers and office owners, theyareneversufficientasmanydo not pay up,” says Santosh Mohan, who works in an office here.

Adds Milind Galhotra, another shopkeeper, “The complex has been in a mess for a long time. As it is a commercial complex, there is no vote bank. So, the upkeep of the area is not on the priority list of the civic agency. As parking is a lucrative business, the parking cell is active. One can see that parking is allowed in almost every lane around the complex.”

There is no registered association in the area. A lot of people have tried to clear the pavements with their own efforts but to no avail.“It is waste of space and we are left to suffer. Some booths in the area are redundant. They should be removed because every inch of space is precious and can be put to some use,” says Sunita Kaula, an officegoer.

“I am not aware of the situation but will surely take corrective measures and get the area cleaned,” says AK Singh, sanitation officer, South Delhi Municipal Corporation.


Finally, multi-level parking opens at Karol Bagh today

September 5, 2013

  • Ritam Halder , Press Trust of India

NEW DELHI: After a three-year delay, a three-level automated stack parking lot will open in the busy Karol Bagh on Thursday.The facility involves a mechanical lift that stacks vehicle at different levels.

The parking lot, located on Sat Bhirawan Road in Karol Bagh, was to be completed before the Commonwealth Games in 2010. But it missed several deadlines since 2009, when the plan was conceptualised.

The facility is expected to de-congest Karol Bagh — a prominent market area in the Capital — that faces a severe parking problem.

Local councillor Rajesh Bhatia said the new parking lot would help tackle the problem of congestion in Karol Bagh. “This project was being delayed for the past four years because of apathy on the part of civic body officials,” Bhatia said.

The parking rates at the new lot will be R10 for two hours and R10 for every subsequent two hours. The maximum charge for a whole day is R50 per day. The rates are a little higher than other surface parking lots run by the civic bodies. Vehicles at other municipal surface parking lots can be parked for R10 for 10 hours and R20 for 24 hours.

Experts reacted with caution when asked about the efficacy of the new system to address parking woes in the Capital.

Anumita Roychowdhury, executive director for research and advocacy of the Centre for Science and Environment, said a lot of factors needed to be considered before taking up any innovation. “There are several technologies available. The site and its approach play an important role in the usefulness of a parking innovation. The issue of lack of space is taken care of with this technology but it’s expensive,” Roychowdhury said.

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation has around 120 parking sites under its jurisdiction, of which 62 were tendered a few months back. A survey has been done for 100 other sites, of which 25 have been sent for traffic clearance. It also has four multi-level parking sites.



Higher fines on cards for parking violations

August 14, 2013

PUNE: Parking in no-parking zones or straying into bus rapid transit system (BRTS) lanes in Pimpri Chinchwad may soon attract heavy penalties ranging from Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000, with a new proposal from the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) awaiting the nod.

The traffic police and the civic body will share the fine amount equally if the proposal comes through.

The civic administration has tabled the proposal for the city improvement committee’s (CIC) approval. The proposal explains how motorists park their vehicles haphazardly on and along roads, obstructing vehicular

traffic and causing congestion. It states how the traffic police have the right to impose fines on such errant individuals under the Motor Vehicles Act, but the fine amount is significantly low to act as a deterrent for repeat offences.

With rising vehicle numbers, such offences are only expected to increase. The traffic police has been long demanding that the PCMC grant powers to them on the lines of Pune Municipal Corporation, under Section 208 of the Maharashtra Municipal Act, which allows them to impose fines on all vehicles that are parked without authorisation, parked in no-parking areas and are driven in BRTS lanes. The Pune civic body had granted such powers to the traffic police in 2004.

The Pimpri Chinchwad civic general body had approved a resolution in August 2009 to grant powers to the traffic police to take action against only commercial vehicles. The traffic department has been seeking the powers to take action against all types of vehicles. The approval of the city improvement committee, standing committee and general body are necessary to grant such powers to the traffic police.

A PCMC official said that the proposal was kept pending by CIC, since its members have sought more information from the traffic police.

Vikas Patil, president, Paryavaran Sanvardhan Samiti said, “The fine is not a solution for disciplining people; it might increase corruption. The civic body must remove all vehicle repair, washing and selling centres located on pavements. Banks, ATMs and shops facing roads must make adequate parking arrangements for their customers to prevent roadside parking. Basements must be used only for parking vehicles.”



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