Chennai municipal corporation plans to tackle parking woes

The Chennai municipal corporation is undertaking a survey, through a consultancy, to rationalise the use of parking space and prevent haphazard parking on its roads.

According to a newspaper report, JLL, India's largest professional services firm specialising in real estate, is undertaking the survey to identify prospective parking space across the metropolis.

"The idea of the survey is to get area-wise details on the parking demand, type of vehicles and duration of parking," the report quoted A. Shankar, national director, strategic consulting, JLL. "This will help the civic body come up with a parking policy to tackle parking woes in the city."

Shankar had, about 18 months ago, authored a report on 'Managing parking issues with automated parking solutions.' "International case studies prove that providing innovative solutions to parking problems and introducing mass transit systems do a lot more than just solve traffic problems," he had said. "Such solutions also result in increased real estate values in a city, since consumers are willing to pay more for the convenience."

One method of addressing the escalating shortage of parking spaces in shopping areas would be to restrict parking at a few locations and imposing heavy parking fees, said Shankar. This would go a long way in creating space availability, making the pathways outside malls more pedestrian friendly and generally enhancing the livability of the city's urban environment.

Automated multilevel car parking (MLCP) facilities at important locations are also a viable way of addressing parking requirements. They can contribute significantly in reducing traffic congestion, suggested the JLL executive. "These should ideally be developed near public transit points, within walking distance of key destinations."

JLL is now actively advising many city authorities and developers on such solutions. MLCPs are now being implemented on a Design, Build, Operate and Transfer model via Public Private Partnerships.