India’s tier 1 and tier 2 cities are facing a surge in parking demands, this is increasing problems such as traffic congestion and carbon footprints. Are we really doing enough to tackle this problem? Is adding more spots is the real solution?
NO, we can take recent examples of the AHMEDABAD MUNICIPAL CORPORATION, they added many free parking lots all over Ahmedabad but with no planning, all municipal spots are turned to parking spots, was there really a need of parking plots in these areas. These were made to make things look better in the paper.
Then what can be the real SOLUTION to these?
Zoning of the cities, with the zoning the municipal bodies need to understand the demand of the parking in each zone and make walkable cities for the same. There are a lot of economic values to the walkable cities. In Auckland, they created walkable parking and seen a rise in spending of people and which rose the sales of the shops indirectly the cities are benefited
SMART PARKING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM.
Smart enabled IOT devices, Image Processing of parking lots sharing the data in real time, these data can be shared with Mobile apps can be further analyzed to make dynamic parking prices. These data can be used to predict the traffic in particular zones of the cities and frame policies.
TO REDUCE THE TRAFFIC IN THE CITY WE NEED TO TARGET that 30 % OF PEOPLE WHO IS CRUISING IN THE CITY FOR PARKING. The drivers are unaware of the currently available parking spots in the city and these smart applications can be used to find and book nearby parking spots.
So these can be the solutions for the better management of the existing parking spots, and there are few more which we talk in detail later.