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Old 20th October 2010, 23:02   #121
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I agree with those demanding that the government should provide better infrastructure with respect to roads. But are those roads primarily meant for parking? No. Is the government responsible to provide you with parking? No. Government, allows certain areas of different roads to be used for parking. Ideally they should have planned paid parking complexes just like they plan gardens, schools, toilets etc. Unfortunately this is not the case in most cities. So they have done the next best thing, allow certain portions of the roads to be used for parking. This is not a viable solution in the long run. The vehicle density (number of vehicles/person) in India is still low. So the problem is only going to get aggravated.

Those who advocate that people should be allowed to park on the roads. Think about this. The housing society where I stay has around 250 flats and there is at least one parking for every flat. And then we have around 60 parking slots for visitors, a convenience for which every flat owner has paid some money. Today almost all the visitors parking slots are being occupied by society members because people have bought more cars. So many have 1 parking and 2-3 cars. So they occupy the visitor's parking which is not right. In a year or two the problem will spill over to the streets. And then what? One will be forced to park his vehicle may be a few kilometers away from the place of residence. And definitely this is going to lead to traffic congestion.

And then the people who actually use the road will have every right to get annoyed at the people who occupy the roads by parking their cars. I get so irritated by small shops/tapris that occupy the footpaths. They have no business to be there.

I think as phamilyman said, high parking charges (like the ~Rs. 760/day at Mumbai airport) and a road/city congestion tax along with better public transport system can reduce the problem quite a bit.

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Old 11th December 2010, 10:26   #122
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Default Re: Bangalore too

Todays TOI Bangalore edition carries a similar proposal to be implemented in Bangalore.

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Buy a car only if you have parking space


Bangalore: If the transport department has its way, then only those who have parking space will be allowed to buy cars. With increasing number of private vehicles occupying road space, the department has sent a proposal to the government, stating people should be allowed to purchase cars only if they have parking space available near their house.
At the Global Initiative for Restructuring Environment and Management (GIREM) on Friday, commissioner for transport and road safety Bhaskar Rao said: “Due to lack of space, people park vehicles on roadsides. This is leading to private use of public space. Hence, we have sent a proposal to the government to levy hefty tax on those buying a second car. I feel the urban planning department should step in to look into traffic mobility issues.”
The transport department has proposed to lower vehicle tax of BMTC and KSRTC buses from 5% to 0%. However, there are no plans to increase tax on private vehicles.
“To make public transport friendlier, corporations should subsidize fares rather than merely be a revenue-generating entity. In this, the government can help by not imposing vehicle tax on public vehicles,” Rao said.
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Default Re: Mizoram dictates : No Garage? No Car!

Now now:
Beijing to cut car registrations to ease gridlock - The Economic Times

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