Audit of parking facilities crucial to unclog Noida, says expert
Blaming it not only on bad planning but also on the poor implementation of provisions made in the building plan for parking facilities, expert in town planning, Pradeep Kharbanda, demanded an audit of the parking facilities across the city.
“Parking is a major issue in any developed or developing city. We can see how Noida is suffering due to poor planning and enforcement of the law." Kharbanda said.
"Builders do make a provision for parking facility in the building plan as per the law at the time of getting approval. However, they use such space for commercial use and Noida authority never follows it up,"
"Hence, an audit is a must,” said Kharbanda, who specialized in town planning from the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi.
Kharbanda said though different areas are required for parking on roadside, in basement or for a stilt parking, a minimum area 22 square metre is required for one passenger car unit.
“So you can calculate the total area required to accommodate the number of four-wheelers (nearly 1.5 lakh vehicles) in Noida,” he said.
Kharbanada said parking lots should always be a bit away from the main road or else they would cause congestion.
“The authorities should develop parking lots at some convenient place for a cluster of three-four sectors. Where it is not possible, they should go for automated parking lots,"
"The demand for parking lots will vary from place to place. If the area has a low density of vehicles, parking lots can spread horizontally and if it is a commercial area, they can go up vertically,” Kharbanda said.
Kharbanda said inadequate parking facilities cause traffic jams that result in higher fuel consumption and pollution. “The authorities must wake up,” he said.