HYDERABAD: To tackle increasing vehicular traffic in the city, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has identified 22 government owned open landsto build multi-level parking complexes.
The civic body has proposed constructing these parking complexes under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode. Authorities have proposed to build the parking facilities in Khairatabad, Maitrivanam in Ameerpet and Raniganj in Secunderabad. In Old City, Khilwath Old Pension office, Charminar RTC depot and Chaderghat are few areas where the civic body has proposed to build these complexes.
“There might be an addition as well as deduction of locations from the proposed list, and the capacity of the parking will depend on the area allotted,” said a GHMC official from the engineering wing.
While choosing locations, officials took into consideration places where people park vehicles and take public transport. “For setting up these complexes, we chose places such as bus stops, MMTS station and metro rail stations towards the other end of the city like Nagole, where people park their vehicles and board a train or a bus,” said a top official from the town planning department of GHMC.
“If the parking complexes are being built at bus depots, TSRTC employees will use it along with general populace. Similarly, staffers can avail the parking facility if the parking complex is built on their land,” said GHMC chief city planner S Devender Reddy.
Apart from multi-level parking complexes, the municipal administration and urban development ministry (MAUD) is also planning an exclusive parking policy. Under the police, the government will give special incentives to private property owners who are willing to accommodate vehicles for parking. Relaxations during building permissions and additional benefits will be given to builders, who provide more than required parking space, according to MAUD minister K T Rama Rao.
Chirag Ali lane in Abids, Charminar, Nampally and Ameerpet are a few areas with traffic issues. Several commuters demand the traffic police shouldn’t impose penalties where there is space crunch. “Parking is very less compared to footfall, and if we park our vehicles in the lane just behind the main market, the traffic police issues a challan,” said Sundeep Rao, commuter at Jagdish market, Abids.