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Computer simulation to design public parking lots

mumbai Updated: Nov 10, 2011 01:47 IST
Kunal Purohit

In a bid to check malpractices by developers trying to procure additional built-up area in exchange of public parking lots, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is now planning to let a computer-generated simulation determine the capacity of privately built parking lots.

Such a model, the BMC hopes, will discourage builders from boosting the number of parking slots only so that they can wrangle extra built-up area from the civic body.

In addition, the BMC also wants to use this model to prevent massive traffic jams that are now becoming commonplace outside parking lots. The simulation will be used to forecast the impact of the traffic likely to be generated by the proposed parking lot, and accordingly suggest design for the entry and exits to the lot.

The computer-generated model will also help the BMC study if the locality where the parking lot has been proposed would be able to handle the traffic generated by the lot. Currently, a joint committee comprising officials from the BMC, MMRDA and traffic police manually decide on the fate of proposed parking lots.

A civic official, not wishing to be named said, "Through this model, we will simulate the actual traffic situation in the area after the parking lot is functional.

Hence, if a developer has proposed a parking lot with 500 parking slots, the traffic flow through the model will help us decide if the idea would ensure smoother flow of traffic or not."

Additional municipal commissioner Aseem Gupta said that the simulation model would also be used to design the parking lot. "Often, cars getting in and out of a parking lot create more traffic, because of faulty design of the parking are. With the new model in place, this will not happen," Gupta said.

The civic body plans to empanel three firms to create these models, while a proposal is being scrutinised. Any of these firms will then create a model and the result so obtained will be taken into account, while the officials decide on the proposal.