Tip for reporting illegal parking: Gadkari

Ayesha Roy

New Delhi, Nov. 21 : In the wake of rising traffic woes and congestion over Indian roads, Transport Minister, Nitin Gadkari proposed 10 percent reward on Rs. 500 fine imposed on illegal car parking owners.

 

“The London Mayor is coming here next month. We will sign a pact to adopt the London transport system. The electric double decker buses and many other things have to be adopted from them,” Gadkari said; DT Next reported at a two-day conference on Smart mobility.

Smart Mobility conference will focus on various topics such as smart transportation, multimodal integration to develop an efficient public transport among others.

Gadkari said the meeting is scheduled next month in Delhi. It will result in huge transformation in terms of transportation design, cost effectiveness and solution to the traffic congestion.

In a report by Economic Times, Niti Aayog has been advocating standardised, smart and swappable batteries with lease or payper-use business models.

However, Gadkari thinks battery swapping policy is not viable for India. He had discussions with Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on the subject and suggested that the idea should be scrapped. The way things are unfolding it seems like a tussle is brewing between Gadkari and Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant and on ‘who is going to spearhead India’s ambitious Electric Vehicle Mission 2030?’

A final call will be taken by the cabinet on who will be the anchor agency for EV Mission 2030 implementation. According to this mission accelerated adoption of electric and shared vehicles could save $60 billion in diesel and petrol cost and cut down as much as 1 gigatonne of carbon emissions.

What the Transport Minister thinks as a much more easier solution is automated parking lot and widening of roads. He said that the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is already working on several plans to decongest Delhi NCR.

An automated parking space has been proposed at the Transport Bhawan.  It will not only benefit the staff but also all the visitors to the building.

The automated parking lot project is being undertaken by NHIDCL. The facility will comprise ground plus seven floors. It would be spread over an area of 314 sq metres and 22 metres high. Swiss Company facility will be able to house 112 cars. The retrieving time for cars will be 120 seconds. Here is a small video representation of the facility:

 

The cost of lithium ion batteries has been slashed by 40% and mass production could lead to further reduction in prices, Gadkari added. There are 12 manufacturers of lithium ion battery.

The minister is set to hold discussions with Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal for electric vehicles in the city to be used mostly for public transport. One estimate puts Delhi’s requirement at 10,000 such buses.

Delhi is considered the worst city in the world in terms of the availability and quality of parking space. While efforts by successive governments have failed to address the problem, the seven-month-old AAP government has done a U-turn on the parking policy. Its plan of action is very much in line with what transportation experts have been demanding for many years—higher parking rates, limited parking space and improvement in the public transport system.

With traffic increasing and the parking problem worsening, Delhiites say there is a need to change the parking policy. “But the rates shouldn’t be very high. It should be implemented only if there is adequate infrastructure. There is a need to address the parking problem in residential colonies,” said Chetan Sharma, president of Confederation of GK-II complexes.

At TOI’s roundtable on Delhi’s traffic and congestion problem last month, PWD minister Satyendar Jain had said that the government was not in favour of constructing more parking lots.

“People buy a car for Rs 2 lakh and expect the government to construct parking for it for Rs 10 lakh. Why should the government do that? The government is not responsible for creating more parking for people. Parking is the responsibility of the person who has bought the car,” Jain had said.

Illegally parked cars is dangerous for people as well as passing by vehicles.

On-street parking should be banned completely, and regulated off-street parking facilities should be provided. This would not only reduce congestion in these areas but also allow for the space otherwise used for parking to be used in a more equitable manner,” said Amit Bhatt, strategic head of urban transport, Embarq

Public at large but still private vehicles continue to be a preferred and convenient mode of communication.

Indian cities were never planned in such a way so as to accommodate a deluge of cars as is the situation now. A common pattern noticed among the crowd in India is that the people prefer on street parking over off- street parking primarily because the former is cheaper than the latter. This is one of the reason why drivers tend to cruise their cars for cheaper parking. In a survey by Map of India; on a particular day in India 40 percent of the urban roads are taken up parked cars.

The rates of vehicle registration have increased and the at the emergency hour of Delhi’s pollution, cleaner public transport can be the best viable solution. Pollutants like oil and grease are washed off from the parking lots into the water bodies during the rains. The pollutants contaminate the water table and are also responsible for urban heat island effect. The pollutants it emits causes health hazards and may cause respiratory and cardiovascular damages.

One of the ways to mitigate the detrimental impacts from the parking lots is the use of solar panels in the parking lots which can help in the generation of electricity. Shading the parking lots with solar canopies may reduce the usage of air conditioners, increase fuel efficiency and reduces tailpipe emissions, thus it can contribute in reducing pollution and climate change.

  • Pollutants like oil and grease are washed off from the parking lots into the water bodies during the rains.
  • The pollutants contaminate the water table and are also responsible for urban heat island effect.
  • The pollutants it emits causes health hazards and may cause respiratory and cardiovascular damages.

Countries like Australia, Ireland, Dubai etc. have invested both time and resources in order to reform parking strategies. They have come up with sound and efficient ideas like parking meters and mobile parking apps which makes the search easy for the people and if the ideas like setting price according to demand and occupancy control are implemented, technical affluence will work as a brownie point for the consumers and for the city as a whole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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