This is the first time the state government conducted a meeting exclusively on the parking policy, which was prepared by Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) along with the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), early this year. The draft report was submitted to the state government after collecting inputs from citizens. Some of the proposals that were discussed include permit-based parking system in residential areas, ban on parking within 1-km radius of multi-level parking centres, on-street paid parking in commercial areas as well as mandatory parking facility before purchasing vehicles in the city.
Sources said there while there were differences in opinion on some policies, everyone broadly suggested the implementation of new parking policy.
“We have seen initial resistance from people but the city definitely requires parking policy. It could bring down the purchase of new vehicles as well as reduce the use of personal vehicles, all of which is a good sign. There will be further deliberations but we will go ahead,” he said.
The proposal for making parking facility mandatory for the purchase of new vehicles did not find consensus in the meeting as some felt the entire policy may never come into realty, if stringent regulations are introduced at one go. Sources said the Chief Secretary promised Chief Minister to hold a meeting and discuss the pros and cons of the new policy in detail.
DULT had made public the draft parking policy early this year. It has been broadly categorised into two parts. The policy allows parking on one or both sides of the road, depending on its size and locality.
It could bring down the purchase of new vehicles as well as reduce the use of personal vehicles, all of which are good signs-SR Vishwanath, BDA chairman
Non-residential roads, which are less than nine metres wide, have been banned for parking.It also proposes permit-based residential parking system to regulate road side parking in residential areas. Permit will be given to building owners and associations whose buildings were approved on or before the date of issue of this policy. The permit, issued depending on the width of the road, will be valid for a period not exceeding one year. The policy had suggested creation of an area parking plan to fix the fee depending on the value of the land.Environmentalist DT Devare said the government should introduce parking policy and drop the transport cess it proposes to collect in the city.