Panel to end parking woes in Telangana State

Parking management committees to be formed for effective implementation of policy.

By Author  |  Published: 24th Aug 2017  12:05 amUpdated: 24th Aug 2017  6:28 pm
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Hyderabad: After coming up with a policy on parking, the Municipal Administration and Urban Development department is now making efforts to establish Parking Management Committees involving officials from different departments, including the Traffic Police, for effective implementation of the policy.

The committee, in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation limits, which will comprise officials from Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Rachakonda traffic police wings, Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited, HMDA and TSRTC, will be led by the GHMC Commissioner.

Emphasis is being laid on construction of multi-level car parking lots under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode extending more incentives to the agencies. Under this initiative, relaxation of building heights, waiving off property tax for a few years and adequate space for commercial establishments are being proposed.

More importantly, amendments to existing bylaws for incorporating the parking policy guidelines are also on the agenda. This apart, focus is on using latest parking management technologies for effective enforcement of on-street parking and effective utilisation of off-street parking facilities.

To this effect, authorities are planning the installation and use of parking meters, automatic vehicle detection and guidance systems, mobile applications and user information system, surveillance cameras with a control centre and an automatic alarm system among others.

With availability of space being a challenge in Hyderabad and other urban areas in the State, authorities are also contemplating provision of private bus parking by collecting suitable user charges during night and non-peak hours.

Further, option of providing exemption from property tax payment is being explored to promote private parking lots. Building bylaws are to be enforced for permitting parking in residential areas.

Measures for providing additional height of buildings are being planned to create more parking spaces in residential areas, said a senior GHMC official. However, overnight parking of commercial vehicles like taxis, private buses etc., will not be permitted in residential areas.

On the commercial establishments front, plans are being made to encourage educational institutions to permit parking on their premises during holidays and non-working hours.