New policy to end parking woes

New policy to end parking woes
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The Telangana government has brought into force a new ‘parking policy’ for all Urban Local Bodies (ULBs), including the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), aiming to address the increasing vehicle parking woes in all municipalities in the state. 

Hyderabad: The Telangana government has brought into force a new ‘parking policy’ for all Urban Local Bodies (ULBs), including the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), aiming to address the increasing vehicle parking woes in all municipalities in the state.

The policy aims at encouraging park and ride concept at railway stations, bus stations, etc. It also offers huge incentives to the builders who would take up multi-floor parking facility in the busy areas under public-private partnership.

Under the new parking policy, people will get rid of their vehicle parking problems when they visit the busy areas. It is mandatory that every commercial building will have to provide space for parking for all visitors. The policy also integrates parking facility with the public transport system, like railway and bus stations.

The policy brings in strict rules like imposing penalty on the properties which do not have parking facilities and regulate parking charges in the wake of fleecing by the parking agencies in Hyderabad and other major municipal corporations.

Under the policy, prices for vehicle parking would be decided by the Parking Management Committees to be constituted in every urban area.

The policy also encourages private builders to create parking area for public purpose in commercial areas.

The parking area developer and the government would share the revenue. State Municipal Administration and Urban Development Secretary Navin Mittal had issued the GO-187 and notified the parking policy.

To encourage the promotion of parking facility in every urban area, the government also offered sops which includes permitting commercial use in relaxation of Zoning Regulations, relaxation of the height of the building in case of multiple floors.

Total (100 per cent) property tax exemption for the parking area provided for a fixed number of years and 100% exemption of building permission fees and charges for the parking area.

Under the new policy, the parking facility has been categorized into seven types - On Street Parking, Short Stay Parking, Parking in Residential Areas, Parking in Public Institutions, Cinema Theatres, etc, Heavy Vehicle Parking, Parking in Railway/ MMTS/ Metro Stations and Bus Terminals and Off-Street Parking Lots.

Under the policy, commuter parking would be developed and streamlined at all the sub-urban railway, MMTS, Metro stations and at the TSRTC bus terminals by the respective authorities to facilitate the commuters to adopt the park and ride concept.

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