Hyderabad roads see 700 new vehicles every day, and to curb the burgeoning problem of parking, the Telangana government plans to implement a new parking policy by the end of the year.
Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao, according to an official release, said that the city will soon have a new policy to handle the problems associated with parking.
According to a report in The New Indian Express, the policy imposes a penalty on properties that do not have parking facilities, and will regulate parking charges. Quoting the minister, the report also says that there will be multi-level parking, and the new policy will focus on developing both Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Multi-level parking will be taken up by public private partnership.
According to a PTI report, the new policy will be enforced on a pilot basis in Cyberabad, Hyderabad, and Rachakonda Commissionerates.
The new policy has categories, including on-street parking, residential parking, short-stay parking, parking at bus stations, MMTS stations and metro. On-street parking will only be allowed on roads wider than 12 metres, reported The Times of India.
This policy will put an end to the practice of shop owners parking their vehicles in front of their shops the entire day, Deccan Chronicle reports. The government plans to have parking time-limits and parking fees.
There are plans to allow private plot owners to utilise vacant plots as parking lots and there would be a 100% property tax exemption for these owners.
As per the new policy, cinema halls, function halls etc. have to provide sufficient parking, and heavy vehicles will have designated parking spots instead of just parking on the side of the street, and licences would be issued to allow parking in private vacant spots, the TNIE report added.
"The policy is being designed after thoroughly studying systems in various cities in the country," the release said.