The draft of the parking policy was given nod by the AMC’s standing committee with a change in September. The committee suggested a change in the rule that said that the citizens will have to provide proof of having a parking space before buying vehicles. Followed by this, the draft was handed over to the state-level committee and the parking policy was approved on October 16.
Permits on a monthly or an annual basis will be given to the common parking plots under the policy. The civic body plans to give the parking permits covering streets surrounding residential societies. Ahmedabad municipal commissioner Mukesh Kumar said, “The state government approved the parking policy on October 16. We have to keep in mind that road space is limited and the available space has to be managed. The new policy is framed in a way that it caters to the parking needs of specific areas at specific times.”
The new policy emphasises sharing the available parking space. It states that the available space must be used effectively because of the scarcity of parking space in the city. The policy further mentions the area such as CG Road, Ashram Road, Paldi and other CBD areas witness a peak in parking demand during office hours and low demands during weekends.
According to an official, the AMC will implement the parking policy in phases because implementing it in one go is not feasible. He said that the civic body will carry out awareness drives before and after the initiation and implementation of each phase.
The new policy says, “Parking spaces of office buildings, schools, banks and business parks, malls and parks also see variable use of parking space on weekdays and weekends. Other vehicles of an area are unable to use these parking spaces due to ownership and other such issues. It also says that the solution to the disparity between supply and demand of parking spaces can be the sharing of parking spaces.