Chennai Parking SPV
Chennai is soon to get its Parking SPV. This is now official. (Read The Hindu Link)
Here is the Background to the Happening!
City Connect worked on the Chennai Parking Report. Recognizing the importance of implementing other related critical components required to make Chennai’s transport system more sustainable, efficient, and user friendly, the Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu sent a high level team of Ministers and officials to Budapest, Hungary, in mid-2012. The team was led by Honourable Minister for Housing and Urban Development Thiru R. Vaithilingam. He was accompanied by Honourable Minister for Transport Thiru V. Senthil Balaji; Thiru B.K.Prasad, IAS, Principal Secretary to Government, Transport; Thiru K.Phanindra Reddy, IAS, Vice Chairman, CMDA and Secretary to Government for Housing and Urban Development; and Dr. D.Karthikeyan, IAS, Commissioner, Corporation of Chennai (COC). Thanks to ITDP for organizing the visit.
So What is the Need?
Parking requirements in urban centers in India need professional management. It is not like there is unlimited space that is available. For example in locations like T Nagar and Broadway the parking demand is more than twice the supply. So unless, there is better regulation, there would be chaos in our streets. Parking is a facility not a right! Many cities have evolved from the same position Chennai is now in. It would save time if we could just leap forward to a modern system that is in many countries.
(If you are intrested in the details read our report on Chennai Parking)
So What can you expect?
More enforcement for sure. But more importantly clear parking slots. The parking would become prepaid from a post paid system. In the sense that you would have to buy advance time slots for usage from the parking attendant. More or less like the parking meter systems in MG Road bangalore.
Expect discounts during off peak timings. Expect variation in parking prices across the city. After all if T-Nagar has more demand and more rental rates why should citizens in non core regions have to pay the same amount.
Expect more parking guidance signage, directing you to where the parking spots are available.
A lot of thoughts about the specifications, model of the organization is being debated among other things. Watch this spot for more.