Press Esc to close

Big hike in parking fee hits rail commuters hard

DH News Service, Bengaluru, Sep 11 2017, 1:12 IST

Experts slam move; Rlys claims it wants to keep non-commuters away

Parking at the 11 railway stations in the city will cost much more than the fee paid at the terminals of BMTC and Namma Metro stations. DH File Photo for representation

Parking at the 11 railway stations in the city will cost much more than the fee paid at the terminals of BMTC and Namma Metro stations. DH File Photo for representation

Day-long parking at railway stations in BBMP areas will cost a bomb now as the the Railways has increased the fee, leading to dissatisfaction among commuters.

Parking at the 11 railway stations in the city will cost much more than the fee paid at the terminals of BMTC and Namma Metro stations. The fee for car parking has gone up from Rs 30 per day to Rs 300, whereas for bikes, the increase is from Rs 20 per day to Rs 50.

The office of the Divisional Railway Manager said the parking fee was hiked on a par with the BBMP, which has proposed a similar fare structure in the upcoming smart parking management system.

"We noticed that people who do not use train services were using our parking lots even as there was no space left for our commuters. The first priority is our commuters. So, we decided to stipulate a fee of Rs 20 for every additional hour with a ceiling of Rs 300," a railway official said.

However, S Chandrashekhar, a resident of Chamarajpet, said many outsiders parked at the railway station as there was no facility elsewhere. "There is no parking facility at the Kempegowda metro station. Every day, I park my bike at Majestic railway station and commute to Baiyappanahalli on metro. I have to pay more now," he said.

Karnataka Railway Vedike member K N Krishnaprasad said Railways should keep its parking fee on a par with metro stations and BMTC terminals. "Railway officials are under pressure to increase their non-fare revenue. But they should realise that ultimately, low parking fee will encourage people to use public transport," he said.

Parking two-wheelers in bus terminals at Shantinagar, Banashankari, Yeshwantpur and Whitefield costs Rs 5 (2 hours) and Rs 20 for 8 hours. For four-wheelers, it costs Rs 12 (2 hours) and a maximum of Rs 60 (24 hours).

BBMP's on-street parking costs Rs 15 per hour for four-wheelers on premium avenues like Brigade Road. However, the fee will be doubled once the tender for smart parking is awarded, which is expected to happen in the next two months.

Urban transport expert Sanjeev Dyamannavar said higher parking fee will push people to use private vehicles. "Since street paid parking is yet to become a reality in Bengaluru, more people will park on the streets and avoid using public transport like suburban rail or BMTC. The overall experience of public transport should encourage people to use it. This includes integration, last-mile connectivity and parking fees," he said.

DH News Service

Go to Top

More from this section
Most trending stories
Photo Gallery
An employee walks past a poster of the upcoming Bollywood movie 'Padmavati' outside a theatre...

An employee walks past a poster of the upcoming Bollywood movie 'Padmavati' outside a theatre...

Smoke billowing from a building after a leather goods manufacturing unit caught fire in Kolkata...

Smoke billowing from a building after a leather goods manufacturing unit caught fire in Kolkata...

India's Shashi Chopra (Blue) is declared winner against Namuun Monkhor of Mongolia...

India's Shashi Chopra (Blue) is declared winner against Namuun Monkhor of Mongolia...

Members of the NDRF and officials conducting a tsunami mock drill in Puducherry on Friday...

Members of the NDRF and officials conducting a tsunami mock drill in Puducherry on Friday...

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi addressing a rally in Porbanbar, Gujarat...

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi addressing a rally in Porbanbar, Gujarat...

A view of the Taj Mahal Palace hotel which was a target during the 26/11 terror attack...

A view of the Taj Mahal Palace hotel which was a target during the 26/11 terror attack...

Derailed coaches of Vasco Da Gama-Patna express train near Manikpur railway station in Manikpur...

Derailed coaches of Vasco Da Gama-Patna express train near Manikpur railway station in Manikpur...

Vendors sell fish at a fish market in Kolkata, India...

Vendors sell fish at a fish market in Kolkata, India...

A worker applies colour to strings which will be used to fly kites, by a roadside in Ahmedabad...

A worker applies colour to strings which will be used to fly kites, by a roadside in Ahmedabad...

A girl collecting fallen Chinar leaves at a Mughal Garden on the out skirts of Srinagar...

A girl collecting fallen Chinar leaves at a Mughal Garden on the out skirts of Srinagar...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.