Noida’s parking area to be extended under new policy

The city’s parking will be extended from

noida Updated: Nov 03, 2017 23:02 IST
Preety Acharya
Preety Acharya
Hindustan Times
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As per the new parking policy, commuters will be able to park their vehicles at the multilevel parking facility which is still under construction at Noida’s Sector 18. (Sunil Ghosh/HT FILE)

Noida Authority is going to increase the city’s total parking area of 1.68 lakh square metres to 4.68 lakh square metres to address concerns over the depleting parking space in the city. The authority has come up with a new policy in the quest of better parking facilities in the city and also ensure removal of all illegal parking lots.

Tenders will soon be floated online to for contractor(s) to run the authority-owned parking lots. As soon as the contractor(s) is finalised, the parking policy will come into force.

In a meeting held last week, the Noida traffic police stated that there are more than 300 paid parking spaces in the city and over 250 such spaces are being operated illegally. The traffic police held that the illegal parking operators encroach on public spaces and hinder the smooth flow of traffic. However, the Noida authority identified only 75 illegal parking lots.

According to RK Mishra, additional chief executive officer, Noida Authority, the number of parking lots has been increased from 41 to 95. Of late, the management of the city’s parking system has been blamed for frequent traffic jams and congestions.

According to the new policy, parking of vehicles in two lanes along the roads is prohibited and vehicles will be allowed to be parked only in single lane. At a few places such sectors 62 and 63, double and triple lane parking will be allowed because of the availability of bigger parking spaces in these areas.

There will also be dedicated parking lots for commercial vehicles such as buses, trucks, auto-rickshaws, etc. The district never had a system in place to handle parking of big and commercial vehicles.

Mishra said the authority will be introducing new parking lots at places where there is a huge demand for parking space and in vacant authority-owned lands. The existing parking lots will continue to be there.

As per the new plan, owners of four wheelers will have to pay ₹20 for first two hours and ₹10 for each subsequent hour. Parking fee of ₹80 will be charged for 12 hours and they can also avail of a monthly pass for ₹1,500. Currently, there is no provision for buying a monthly pass.

However, there has been no revision in the existing parking rates for two-wheelers. The existing parking rate for two-wheelers is ₹10 for 14 hours.

Parking on the roads will be totally prohibited in sector 18 and people will have to use e-rickshaws to commute in the area. Commuters will be able to park their vehicles at the multilevel parking facility which is still under construction.

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According to officials of the Noida Authority, contractors who will run these legal parking lots will also be pay fine if they fail to follow all the rules and regulations. Those managing the parking lots will have to wear a uniform, failing which they will be fined ₹1,000. If any parking staff allows parking of vehicles outside the area authorised by the authority, they will be penalised ₹500 per vehicle found parked in the encroached area.

“We have come up with a strong plan to have a better parking arrangement in the city. The contractors will also have to pay fines if they create any nuisance or don’t follow rules and regulations,” Mishra said.

Noida authority has claimed that the new strategy to fight the parking problem is at par with those on a national level, as a few measures have been borrowed from the rules in places in cities such as Mumbai, Delhi and Pune. People will be getting computerised bills generated from hand-held machines.

“We have tried to come up with a national-level parking system. We want to ensure smooth functioning of the public,” Mishra said.

First Published: Nov 03, 2017 23:02 IST