R. Krishna Kumar and Shankar Bennur
It had proposed a parking system on the lines of the one in Bangalore three years ago
MYSORE: Can pay-and-park facility address the parking problems of Mysore? Thanks to rapid urbanisation and increase in the number of vehicles, the city is facing a serious parking space crunch. Parking lots in the city centres are always jammed in the absence of alternative spaces for parking.
The city police had felt that if a pay-and-park system was introduced, it would not only provide extra space for parking but might also encourage optimum utilisation of parking space, thereby avoiding a monopolisation of such facilities by a few.Accordingly, the Mysore City Corporation (MCC) had proposed introducing pay-and-park facility here, on the lines of the parking system in Bangalore, three years ago, but it faced strong opposition from the public and the elected representatives. It, therefore, withdrew the proposal in a hurry without bringing the matter to the council.
But now as parking woes are increasing, especially in the city centres, the MCC is contemplating placing the proposal before the Council again. Speaking to The Hindu, Mayor Ayub Khan, while admitting that the parking problems faced by vehicle users were of serious proportions, said that a meeting of corporators would be convened soon to discuss the proposal.
“Unless there is consensus on the subject, it is difficult to place the proposal before the Council for approval. There was opposition in the past when the proposal was mooted. Even the public expressed strong reservations to the idea. Taking all these factors into consideration, a decision will be made,” the Mayor said.
For four-wheelers, getting parking space on D. Devaraja Urs Road, the shopping zone of the city, is as difficult as getting parking on M.G. Road in Bangalore. This problem has resulted in unscientific parking on bylanes and parallel roads in the vicinity.
Last year, the MCC had proposed introducing a pay-and-park facility only on D. Devaraja Urs Road. It had announced that it would introduce the facility before Dasara. Even after one year, there has been no clarification on whether the automated pay-and-park facility will be introduced or not.
According to the plan, the facility was to be introduced and maintained by a Malaysia-based agency responsible for introducing the facility on Brigade Road and Commercial Street in Bangalore.
The shopkeepers’ association of Devaraj Urs Road had reportedly been asked to make an investment of about Rs. 30 lakh for introducing the electronically operated machines necessary for executing the facility. It was proposed that it would share the revenue from the facility with the MCC in the ratio of either 50:50 or 40:60, as done in Bangalore.
It is now reliably learnt that the talks between the corporation and the shop keepers failed and therefore the system did not see the light of the day.
The result has been that parking problems on this road has increased. Movement of vehicles in the vicinity has been affected following unscientific parking on bylanes and adjoining roads.