With the UT grappling with the problem of parking space, the Chandigarh administration is mooting the idea of limiting the number of cars per household. The proposal was discussed during the review meeting on the progress report of Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES) on the comprehensive mobility plan for Tricity.
UT Advisor Dharam Pal said they will consult experts and stakeholders before preparing the policy on vehicle registration in the UT. Henceforth, it will be put in public domain for suggestions and objections.
Parking Policy 2020
The UT Advisor also emphasised on effective implementation of first parking policy notified in December 2020. Its key features were provision of two gates in plotted area, congestion pricing during peak hours, mandatory bus stops, community parking lots, creation of new parking avenues by allowing multi-level parking. But some of the features are seen controversial which has hampered its implementation to the date.
Comprehensive Mobility Plan
Vehicle registration and implementation of parking policy are essential parts of comprehensive mobility plan. The RITES has been asked to provide interim report by May-end. Additionally, the police department and Chandigarh Municipal Corporation have been directed to ensure effective implementation of parking policy.
Highest Vehicle Density in Country
Chandigarh has the dubious distinction of having the highest vehicular density in the country with 12 lakh registered automobiles. A senior RLA officer has revealed around 40,000 to 45,000 vehicles are registered in Chandigarh every year.
Source: Times of India, The Tribune