The Noida Authority has decided not to approve new building plans if they do not have proper provision for parking vehicles incorporated in them. New guidelines have been issued for parking spaces for different types of buildings.
Project engineer of the Authority’s Building Cell, Sodan Singh, said parking had become a major problem in Noida.
“Areas around Metro Hospital, call centres and old residential and industrial sectors do not have adequate parking space, which causes traffic snarls,” he said.
“To check the future parking problems thrust is being given for adequate parking spaces in building plans. On Wednesday, I returned five building plans to the allottees as they did not have provision for parking," Singh added.
He said now a separate parking plan has to be submitted for approval along with building plans, indicating the parking spaces for all types of vehicles. Parking space has to be calculated on the basis of maximum covered area and circulation area.
The Authority has specified parking requirements for different kinds of buildings and vehicles. For parking cars in open areas, it is 20 square metres per car. For two-wheelers it is 3 sq m and 1.4 sq m for a bicycle.
In residential buildings, for every 100 sq m carpet area, the builder has to ensure parking space for a car. In guesthouses, it is parking space for one vehicle for every two guest rooms.
Schools have been asked to provide parking space for buses, cars and two-wheelers. "For cinema halls parking space for one car for every 20 seats and for hospitals parking space for one car per 20 beds has been made mandatory," Singh said.
According to Munna Kumar, general secretary, Federation of Noida Residents Welfare Association, if guidelines are properly implemented Noida will see an end to parking problems. "But some alternative plans be made to ease traffic congestion in older sectors and Sector 18 market," he said.
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