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Coming soon: pay for parking through plastic currency

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Chaitra K.

BENGALURU: Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is introducing parking fees in the Central Business District (CBD) in association with the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT). It has drawn the action plan for the new system.

The implementation of the system is estimated to take place by the end of this year or by the first quarter of next year. The plan is backed up by the willingness of commuters to pay for parking, according a survey conducted by DULT among the commuters of these fifty six roads.

The amount has to be paid with the help of smart cards provided by BBMP or through a mobile application which would be launched for this purpose. Users can also pay the fare with their credit/ debit card through the ticket vending machine at the end of each road.

Parking fee per hour for cars and two wheelers is Rs 30 and Rs 15, respectively in Zone A. “I pay more than Rs 20 to random people in order to park my vehicle in Brigade Road, and it is better to pay the government than someone else,” said Rishin Krishnan, a techie working in Koramangala.

The fifty six roads under consideration are being classified into three zones namely A, B and C according to which the parking rates would be determined for two-wheelers and four-wheelers

The vending machines will be monitored by an individual and each stretch of road will be equipped with a CCTV cameras under  the Traffic Management Centre (TMC).

The authorities have not yet confirmed on the technical firm which would be working on this parking solution system. The tender is extended till  September 21, to appoint technically qualified bidders. This is following the tender floated in December 2014, which failed to attract many bidders fit for the task.

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