Photo: S. Mahinsha, The Hindu
If you pass through a busy road in the Trivandrum city, you won’t miss the unsightliness of erratic parking of countless vehicles on either side of the roads. The city continues to face parking woes despite widening of the roads and the people are citing the exponential increase in vehicles with lack of parking space as the reason behind vehicles piling up on roadsides.
City Police Commissioner P. Vijayan said that the modern concept of Active Space Sharing might help to reduce city’s parking woes. In the new concept police will introduce no-parking zones in certain stretches during morning and evening rush hours and when the traffic congestion eases, parking ban are lifted. The police will identify parking spaces, including those in government facilities, for public parking. They will also encourage owners of vacant plots to rent it out to those running pay-and-park operations. The police will prepare a list and monitor these parking spaces.
It has proposed to the Road Safety Authority and the City Corporation to address the shortage of off-road parking by building multi-level parking lots. Motorists especially four-wheelers spend around half an hour circling the city to find a spot to park their vehicle. Police hopes that when the active space sharing is implemented, they will be able to guide motorists to available parking spots near their destinations.
Let’s hope that when city’s Monorail project becomes a reality more Trivandrumites will use the mass transit system.