If you are planning your new home, it’s about time you planned parking space too. For, the ever growing problems of vehicle parking in urban areas of the State has prompted the Housing and Urban Development Department to come up with a whole new and dedicated Parking Policy.
The policy, which has been finalised and circulated among urban local bodies (ULBs), calls for regulation on parking right from the stage of planning. It covers all sectors __ starting from private housing to institutions and has to be adhered to as a matter of regulation. Based on the National Urban Transport Policy, the Parking Policy calls for different car spaces for different categories of residential colonies in municipal areas. In a high income area, two-car spaces will have to be created for each housing unit while upper middle class area will necessitate one-car space. A compulsory 20 per cent extra parking space will have to be provided for visitor parking in these two categories. In middle income areas, a policy for 0.75 equivalent car space (ECS) per residential unit has been adopted to accommodate car as well as two-wheelers. Low income colonies will need space for bikes and bi-cycles, hence a norm of 0.33 ECS per unit. Specific norms will be spelt out for each residential area on these principles by different municipal bodies, the policy said.
While the norms target housing projects such as colonies and apartments, it applies to individual housing too. The policy prescribes that where parking is not permitted within the housing society, the residents will have to pay at commercial rates for on-street parking.
Buildings where parking provisions are not available, concessions will be granted for night time parking though day parking will attract commercial rates so that it prevents idle parking practices in streets.
For the existing residential areas, the Government is planning multi-storeyed parking complexes in available land. “The objective is to ensure that parking space is available within a distance of 300 to 500 metres of each household,” the policy document says. Such complexes are being proposed since people have a tendency of parking vehicles right in front of the buildings, encroaching on road space. The Housing and Urban Development Department says that such parking spaces will come with strong enforcement. Whether the parking complexes will be manual or automatic will depend on the availability of space and capacity.
Residents will have to pay a monthly fee at discounted rate. The Department has asked all the ULBs to respond by August 24 with queries and changes or else the policy will be notified in its current form.