The Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) has framed a new parking policy which has been accepted by the Karnataka Urban Development Department. Drafted over a period of two years, this policy intention is to decongest Bengaluru and bring down random parking on roads, thereby providing for easy movement for people and vehicles on road.
Roadside parking will not be free anymore
One of the main intentions of the new parking policy is to reduce roadside parking. In line with this, the users will be made to pay for the cost of parking. Local bodies will now be tasked with parking management and an objective to seamlessly deliver parking services.
The policy also calls for allotting parking zones in places close to the homes of the citizens. This project will be piloted this year, and BBMP will also be involved in identifying such places. Residents will then be allowed to purchase parking permits on an annual or quarterly basis, which they must renew after expiry.
Parking spots for SUV’s will cost Rs 5000!
While the annual parking permit for small cars will be Rs 1000, the price for medium cars will range between Rs 3000 and Rs 4000. However, for the larger vehicles like SUV’s, the permit cost will be Rs 5000. Bicycles in designated spaces can be parked for free.
This policy will also cover shared-mobility users and delivery agents. Since they might end up paying huge fees, the policy concessioned, saying: “Such beneficiaries shall be validated by the aggregator and RTO. A database of such beneficiaries should be maintained in the central parking portal.”
There is the option of a monthly pass for users of off-streets to park their vehicles. Also, the policy reasoned out the high-traffic within the city as something that has been caused due to the presence of markets in the city centre and frequent movement of cargo vehicles.
With this, the policy intends of achieving its four-point goal of making a shift from chaotic parking to organized parking in the city; from free parking to paid parking; move from government-driven parking supply to market-driven parking supply; and management and ensure strict enforcement of the new policy – a shift from the present “passive and weak” enforcement.
Source: The News Minute