New parking system in Odisha capital from April 1

Bhubaneswar: Making major changes in the existing parking system in the city for more revenue generation, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) decided to implement new parking guidelines from April 1.

The tender process for the parking project is expected to be completed by February 20.

Under new parking rules by the BMC, a person will not to pay fee again for parking his/her vehicle in a particular area. He/she will pay only once as parking fee at the particular package area.

For an example, if a person has paid parking fee at Vani Vihar square and later he is parking his vehicle at Rupali square, he needs not to pay fee any more for parking under the new guidelines and parking system.

However, the rule for duration of parking remains unchanged. As per the existing rules, the BMC fixed Rs 5 for four hours and Rs 10 for more than four hours for two wheeler. In case of four wheelers, the parking fee is Rs 20 for two hours and Rs 40 for four hours.

Sources in the BMC said that the local authorities have divided 64 parking places into five packages in Bhubaneswar. The areas covering from Sishu Bhawan square to Shriya square, from Shriya square to Vani Vihar Square, from Unit-1 market to Kalpana square and from SUM Hospital square to Nayapalli Durga Pandap via Khandagiri have been included under the new parking system.

While package 1 covers the area from Sishu Bhawan square to Shriya square having 14 parking places, total 13 parking places situated between Shriya square and Vani Vihar square were included under package 2. The package 3 coveres 18 places from Unit 1 market, Exhibition Ground, Kar Clinic, Big Bazaar, to the parking places in Sachivalaya Marg, Janpath to Sachivalaya Marg and Unit 4 area.

Similarly, there are 12 parking places included in the package 4 covering the area from SUM Hospital, Khandagiri, Fire Station, Hotel Crown, from Jayadev Vihar to Power House square, AMRI Hospital and Madhusudan Park. The package 5 covers total seven parking places in Chandrasekharpur area.

The BMC has fixed Rs 79,70,135 as tender price for package 1, Rs 82,82,310 for package 2, Rs 2,47,84,335 for package 3, Rs 58,39,028 for package 4 and Rs 25,86,981 for package 5.

The new guidelines and parking system will be implemented with an aim to earn around Rs 5 crore annually from these five packages, the source said.

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