Soon, Bhubaneswar to get “smart parking policy” to ease traffic woes

Wed, 2020-02-12 14:45 -- SCC India Staff


Taking note of the vehicular traffic rush in Bhubaneswar, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation is going to formulate a Smart parking policy very soon. The new parking policy will be jointly formulated by BMC, Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) and Commissionerate Police.

“The objective of the new parking policy is to substantially bring down the number of vehicles plying on city roads with special focus on low carbon mobility, public transport and non-motorised transport,” Traffic DCP Sagarika Nath said.

General Manager, Smart City (Technology) Seshadeb Panda, said the process for the formulation of the new policy has just started. In the absence of specific parking policy, people are parking vehicles at wrong places resulting in traffic congestion. “We are working on the new policy and hope to implement it in three to four months,” he said.

As per data available with the Commerce and Transport Department, about one lakh new vehicles (10.4 per cent) are being registered in Bhubaneswar every year. As there are no alternative roads, there has been heavy traffic congestion in the city. Taking this into consideration, a decision has been taken to formulate area traffic management plan in consultation with experts in which there will be a separate traffic plan for each area in the city. Besides, steps will be taken to construct parallel roads in the area where there is heavy traffic rush.

Besides, to bring down the number of vehicles plying on busy thoroughfares, experts have proposed the collection of more parking fees.