M. Soundariya Preetha finds out about multi-level parking solutions coming up in Coimbatore.
An employee drives his car to the parking building – a sep- arate infrastructure and not an open parking lot-on his office premises, uses the touch screen at the entrance of the building, and selects an empty bay available to park his car. The platform moves down to the entrance and the employee parks the car on it. He can take his car out the same way, without the hassle of driving in the parking area for several minutes, looking out for an empty slot to park the vehicle.
Such modern, multi-level, indoor and outdoor parking systems are common in many foreign countries.
However, back home to many of us, the joy of shopping with family or friends is lost on several occasions as time is lost searching for parking space for the car. Though many retailers have parking spaces or valet parking facility for their customers, the need for parking areas is ever increasing.
Cities come out with different solutions, including walkers’ zones, one side parking, common parking areas, and multi-level parking. In the case of multi-level parking, the advantage is that more number of vehicles can be parked in a given area. Commercial complexes and multiplexes have multi-storeyed parking areas. Local bodies are also exploring the possibility of multi-level parking facilities in the main commercial zones.
In Coimbatore, industries, hospitals, and commercial outlets are looking at the possibility of multi-level parking systems. Some have gone in for two-tier or even multi-tier parking bays. These facilities can be relocated, if need be and have semi-automatic operation.
Korean company Dongyang has fully automated parking solutions in other countries. It has introduced Smart Parking in India. It has joined hands with Parklayer India and installed a multi-level parking facility at Aquasub Engineering in Coimbatore.
D. Satheesh Kumar of ProCraft Automation, which installs the Parklayer-Dongyang systems, says that the Smart Parking system uses the rotary technology and a single unit can hold 16 cars. It needs just 16 feet by 21 feet land. It has steel platforms and an empty one available in the unit can be selected. It would come down to the ground level and the car can be parked on it. It can be brought down again by pressing the number of the platform on which it is parked. This cannot be used in basements and it is only for outdoor parking areas. Similar system can be developed for two-wheelers too, he says.
In Coimbatore, the concept is still new and demand has to come mainly from the local bodies and commercial establishments. The need is for more than two or three levels of parking units, says a small-scale industry owner.
Modern parking systems are common in many countries
Korean company Dongyang has introduced Smart Parking in India
It uses rotary technology and a single unit can hold 16 cars