With the increase in family size, the parking problem is going from bad to worse in the city. Parking on the side of the road leads to hitches as well as accidents. The need of the hour is underground or multi-level car parks. It will also earn the MC a good income.
Col TBS Bedi (retired), Mohali
Collect fees for community parking
An investigation should be conducted and residents, who have more cars than they can park on their lot, should be charged for the use of the community parking space, whether they use it or not. The area around a house should be designated as “residents parking”, which will solve so many problems. related to parking.
Sapna Sharda, Chandigarh
Build underground car parks
Parking problems are significant in public places, markets and southern sectors. The administration can authorize people to park their vehicles in the alleys. However, underground parking will be best suited to the city, especially in markets. Users can be charged.
NPS Sohal, Chandigarh
Charge Rs 1K per month for “parking anywhere”
Many residents park their vehicles in front of their homes despite the parking spaces available on their land. At least Rs 1,000 per month should be levied for parking vehicles outside houses (“parking anywhere”). Community parking spaces should be allocated through auctions on an annual basis.
Ashok Kumar Goyal, Panchkula
Remove encroachments in front of houses
The growing population and deep pockets of residents have caused parking problems in the city. The culture of PG accommodation has multiplied parking problems. Both sides of the inner roads have been invaded by residents developing small gardens. These areas can be used as parking. Common parking lots should be designed only for vehicles other than those that can be parked on site. Parking of vehicles in parks and other public places should be stopped to avoid inconveniencing others.
Wg Cdr JS Minhas (retired), Mohali
Make a good plan
Community parking is a good initiative to be taken by the administration, but who will pay for guards and maintenance. To make this initiative a success, the administration needs to build residents’ confidence and come up with a good plan before spending taxpayer dollars, as we have seen multi-level parking lots in Sector 17 largely vacant.
Reduce park size to create more space
Most residents have planted vegetable gardens in front of their homes. These should be removed. Each house can have about 2 feet of space along the yard walls to develop small gardens and the rest should be used for parking. The size of parks in residential areas should be reduced by 2 to 2.5 feet on each side to make room for parking. Non-compliance with parking standards must be dealt with severely. Each household would have to pay a fee for having more than two or three vehicles, as many owners use taxis from their residence.
PO Longia, Chandigarh
Opt for multi-level parking
The arrival of vehicles from other states in the city has multiplied. The administration should use the spaces in schools, community centers and other buildings. Multi-level parking will also be useful. Head tax for foreign vehicles will be a good option.
Avinash Goyal, Chandigarh
Associate the purchase of a car with a parking space
It is heartening that the administration thought of launching a community parking pilot project in sector 35. Even if the project remains a success, it will take a few years to implement it throughout the city. The purchase of a car must be linked to the parking space available at the owner. There should be a fine for parking vehicles in parks or green belts. Indeed, the administration should build underground car parks in public parks. The public transport system should be made more user-friendly. Market welfare associations should be involved in car park maintenance.
Yash Khetarpal, Panchkula
Make the city’s public transport robust
Considering the ever growing population as well as vehicles, community parking is the need of the hour. While this won’t completely fix the problem, it will at least help reduce instances of parking fights. Levy hefty taxes for having more than one vehicle and impose restrictions on new car registration. Improving public transport, encouraging cycling and attracting people will go a long way to solving the parking problem.
Vidya Sagar Garg, Panchkula
“One-vehicle, one-floor policy”
The administration is expected to offer “one vehicle, one floor policy” and impose heavy penalties on those who encroach on public space in front of homes. The MC should mark parking spaces for people with reduced mobility and visitors.
Col Balbir Singh Mthauda (retired)
Improve cycling infrastructure
It was a great relief when the administration restricted the entry of heavy goods vehicles into the city during rush hours. Other measures such as strengthening the public transport system, improving cycling infrastructure and limiting the number of cars owned by individuals will help contain the problem. Residents should not be allowed to park vehicles on interior roads. The construction of underground car parks in the parks and the widening of the roads should begin immediately.
Sanjay Chopra, Mohali
Use the market area to park overnight
Paths along parks and market open spaces can be used for parking. People residing on the ground floor must park their vehicle on site. The administration should provide guards to monitor the parking areas of the markets at night. Educational facilities may be used for parking after school or college hours.
Abhilasha Gupta, Mohali
Trust the RWAs
As the number of four-wheeled vehicles increases day by day, parking disputes are commonplace these days. It is the need of the hour to start community parking in the areas. At the same time, RWAs should be considered before implementing such plans.
Mr. Bhateja, Nayagaon
Put restrictions on new purchases
Nearly one lakh new vehicles are registered in the city every year. The authorities should establish new standards for the purchase and registration of new vehicles. People who do not have a parking space should be denied permission to purchase one. The viability of the community parking lots should be studied before moving forward with the project, otherwise it could suffer the same fate as the multi-level parking lot in Sector 17. Feedback from residents should be sought to ensure proper implementation harmony of the project.
Bharat Bhushan Sharma
Link tenant registration to parking space
Parking has become a problem in all sectors. The estate office should make it compulsory to park vehicles only in the respective premises. The PCR should challan the offenders. Resident welfare associations should distribute parking stickers to residents and visitors. The entry and exit points of the sectors must be well guarded for a smooth implementation of the parking policy. The administration should allow tenant registration only to landlords who have enough parking space.
Sunny Dhaliwal, Chandigarh
Installation should be provided free of charge
The MC step will reduce disputes arising over parking space. It is the moral duty of government to provide such facilities to the public. The MC should not make it a profitable business and community parking should be free. All parking spaces must be easily accessible. Security guards should be deployed there.
Sumesh Kumar Badhwar, Mohali
Smart parking need of the hour
The intelligent QR parking system can greatly help alleviate parking problems. The system works seamlessly with a variety of tools such as QR stickers, RFID cards, and UHF tags. It tracks the time and date of entry and exit. The technology is designed to minimize parking stress with smart directions for visitors throughout the parking process.
Anita K Tandon, Mundi Kharar
Educate vehicle owners
Community parking is a great idea. If dispensation is all about business, it should avoid tokenism and go the hard way to accomplish its mission of providing safe parking areas in a timely manner. Residents should be made aware of owning only a limited number of vehicles that could be parked in the available space. They should also be told not to park their vehicle outside the space allocated to them. A heavy fine and even confiscation of vehicles parked outside the designated space would act as a deterrent and help contain the threat.
Ramesh K Dhiman, Chandigarh
Issue challans for wrong parking
Concerted efforts by the relevant authorities and the public can help minimize the parking problem. Residents can click on photos of improperly parked vehicles and send them to challan authorities. Improving public transport is the need of the hour. The smart parking system would be a big relief. People won’t mind paying more as it would save time and minimize hassle over random parking. Families that opt for more cars should pay more taxes, as many people see buying a car as a status symbol rather than a requirement. The purchase of a vehicle should be authorized depending on the parking space.
Charu Malhotra, Mohali
Use vacant space in settlements
The authorities must use the vacant spaces in the settlements. They should try to limit the number of cars a person can own. Heavy fines should be imposed on residents who encroach on public space near parks.
Saikrit Gulati, Chandigarh
Need to focus on implementation
Community parking is a welcome initiative, but its success will depend on its implementation. A SOP acceptable to all residents must be prepared. The MC can think of building more multi-level or underground parking lots in large areas and renting them out to earn revenue. Prior to registration of new vehicles, owners may be asked to produce proof of parking space for verification.
Dr. Anil Yadav, Chandigarh
Despite major fires in Chandigarh, a large number of commercial establishments have still not obtained a NOC fire from the Municipal Corporation. What needs to be done to ensure that all safety standards are met and that fire safety equipment is installed in commercial premises?
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