'Pay and park' to be back; tenders to be finalised in a month

'Pay and park' to be back; tenders to be finalised in a month

Parking for five to six hours at a stretch in the heart of the city will cost motorists dearly. “We have identified 87 parking places and in a week we will call for tenders,” said BBMP commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad. He was replying to queries on Friday in the BBMP council. Prasad said, “These 87 places can accommodate at least 7,500 vehicles. These parking lots will have sensors and meters to generate bills automatically. A mobile application will be created to avail information about the space at a specific parking lot. It will be a robust system to prevent any illegalities.”

Prasad informed that the Palike intended to invite tenders a fortnight ago but had to drop it for technical reasons. He added that many companies have shown interest in the scheme.

Allaying doubts, Prasad said the BBMP will not have to spend a paisa on it as the companies, which will bag the contract will have to create the infrastructure, generate revenue for themselves as well as the BBMP. He said the rates will be decided after consultations with the contractor.

"It's a smart parking system where motorists will be able to reserve the parking space in advance just like people reserve berths on trains. The Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) too had recommended a parking policy is in the city. This system will be first implemented on 56 streets. These roads have been categorised in three packages – A (premium), B (commercial) and C (Common).

‘A’ package roads
Avenue Road, Subedar Chatram Road, Race Course Loop Road, Race Course Road, Cunningham Road, Commercial Street, MG Road, Brigade Road, Raja Rammohun Roy Road, Vittal Mallya Road, Kasturba Road, Residency Road, Lalbagh Road and NR Road.

'B' package roads
SP 6th Cross Road, Dhanvantri Road, Nrupatunga Road, parts of Kasturba Road, Palace Road, parts of Subedar Chatram Road, Sheshadri Road, District Office Road, Kalidas Marg, Link Road, Ramachandra Road, Railway Parallel Road, Palace Cross, Main Guard Cross, Lady Curzon Road, Crescent Road, Millers Road, Tank Bund Road, Ali Askar Road, St John's Church, Kensington Road, Virapillai Road, Dispensary Road.

C' package roads

Ibrahim Saheb Street, Meenakshi Koil Street, Narayan Pillai Street, Dharmaraja Koil Street, Haines Road, Hospital Road, Kamaraj Road, Gangadhar Chetty Road, Wood Street, Castle Street, Brunton Road, Moyenville Road, St Marks Road, Church Street, Grant Road, Hayes Road, Convent Road, Pampa Mahakavi Road, Mission Road, BVK Iyengar Road, Chikpet Main Road, AS Char Street, Balepet Road, Bannappa Park, Cubbonpet Main Street, KV Temple Street, Kilari Street, Nagarthpet Main Road, Police Station Road, RT Street, Downtown Sultan Road, Sankey Road, Jasma Bhavan Road, Edward Street, Union Street, Annaswami Road, Thimmaiah Road, Broadway Street, St John's Road, Osbourne Road, Shivaji Road, and a Chikka Bazaar Street.