'Congestion: City needs 8,000 acres for parking'

On an average, 10,000 vehicles were registered every month in 2008

But adequate parking spaces have not kept pace with this steep rise in vehicles. DULT, realising the need for an efficient public transport, has termed this as a problem in the long run. “In the long run, the demand will outstrip the supply and will lead to extreme hardship leading to poor quality of life. A policy to minimise and reduce the dependence on the private vehicles is the need of the day” it said in its report.
  
The report on a parking policy for the City says that there is an urgent need of nearly 8,000 acres of land for creating parking facilities in the City. Justifying the need of these facilities it has said, “The overarching principle for parking is to progressively reduce the demand for parking and facilitate organised parking for all types of vehicles.”

The strategy mooted by the DULT is directed towards an efficient management of parking demand apart from reducing congestion and regulating the growth of vehicle numbers.

Discussing on the importance of the pricing, the Parking Policy has supported a variable pricing model based on the location of the parking and also “Hourly basis of parking during peak hours and lower prices during off-peak period”.

Vehicular movement high

Setting parameters to measure the performance of the transportation system in the city, the DULT has also released a draft report to assist the government in efficient resource allocation in transport.

With a high concentration of educational,commercial and institutional activities, the DULT declared Bangalore East, West and South as the most congested zones in the City during peak hours. It has slated the time between 8.30 am - 11.30 am and 5.30 pm - 8.30 pm as being the peak hours in the city. The report has further analysed that Signal positioning, manual handling of junctions and one way streets are few of the reasons for the delay in the time of vehicular congestion in the City.

But on the other hand, the report has also noted that Zones 1, 2 and 3 as per the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike division of the City has high transit coverage by public transport system as much as by 94 per cent coverage.

Another study commissioned by the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) shows that Bangalore is ranked 12th in the country among the 30 cities sampled in the Walk Ability Index on the quality and length of footpaths for pedestrians. Bangalore’s Walk Ability Index of 0.63 lagged behind various cities in the Country. The list is topped by Chandigarh (index of 0.92) while the average for all the sampled cities is 0.52.

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