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Corporation’s passenger boat conducts trial run

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The Hindu       06.12.2017 

Corporation’s passenger boat conducts trial run

Fort Queen, the passenger boat that the Kochi Corporation is planning to introduce in the Vypeen-Fort Kochi sector, conducting a trial run on Tuesday.  

KSINC has been contracted to operate the service

Fort Queen, the passenger boat of the Kochi Corporation, began trial runs in the Kochi waters on Tuesday.

Officials of the Kerala Shipping and Inland Navigation Corporation (KSINC), which has been contracted for managing the service, successfully operated the boat for close to four hours.

The boat will cover the 300-metre-long Vypeen-Fort Kochi sector in less than five minutes. However, one lap would require around 20 minutes to complete as time has to be allotted for completing the passenger movement in and out of the vessel. The vessel has a seating capacity of 100 passengers, said Cyril V. Abraham, the commercial manager of KSINC.

The boat is expected to operate 54 trips a day.

The civic authorities are planning the formal launch of the boat service on Thursday.

The Congress-led civic administration had come under fire for the delay in launching the service. The service has been planned as an alternative facility for the jankar service which will be suspended for the construction of the mooring facility for the Roll On-Roll Off service of the Kochi Corporation.

 

Don’t charge for parking, MCC tells business establishments

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The Hindu      28.11.2017  

Don’t charge for parking, MCC tells business establishments

A resolution on ending parking fee was passed by the Standing Committee on Town Planning on March 6, and the council passed a resolution on May 5 backing the proposal.FILE PHOTO  

Order applies even to hospitals which charge for visitors and attendants of patients

Vehicle owners can breathe easy as the Mysore City Corporation (MCC) has passed an order making it mandatory for business establishments such as malls to stop collecting parking fee. The order applies even to hospitals which charge parking fee to attendants of patients and visitors.

Acting on complaints from the public about some commercial establishments collecting “exorbitant” parking fee, particularly some malls, the Standing Committee on Town Planning of MCC has proposed to make parking of vehicles free in basements in those establishments.

Pople used to park their vehicles along the side of the roads around such places to avoid paying a parking fee, causing traffic menace. This was another reason for proposing free parking.

Standing Committee president Nandeesh Pretham said a resolution on ending parking fee was passed by the committee on March 6 this year and the council subsequently passed a resolution on May 5, backing the proposal. MCC Commissioner G. Jagadeesha passed an order in this regard on November 20 to provide free parking (if any fee was being charged now) to the visitors with immediate effect.

Mr. Preetham, who had convened a meeting of the committee here on Monday, said the order has come into effect and all the establishments have to obey the diktat. “Whichever commercial establishment has taken building licences from the MCC, they are bound to obey the rule. The MCC can act against such establishments if they flout the order,” he said, adding that basements are not meant for trade if the purpose for which the licence was taken was for providing parking.

At places in Ittigegud near Mysore Racecourse, police have put up no-parking signs to avoid traffic snarls as visitors to a mall used to park their vehicles around the place to avoid paying a parking fee.

There have been instances of police slapping fines on the vehicle owners for flouting the no-parking rule.

Mr. Preetham said he will also ensure that commercial establishments which have converted their basements into “trade” centres change them to “parking lots” if permission had been taken for the purpose.

 

NDMC to buy e-vehicles for CP’s park-and-ride facility

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The Times of India     24.11.2017 

NDMC to buy e-vehicles for CP’s park-and-ride facility

Pilot run: New Delhi Municipal Council has got 80 electric vehicles to be used by officials for review

 

Pilot run: New Delhi Municipal Council has got 80 electric vehicles to be used by officials for review
New Delhi: New Delhi Municipal Council plans to buy electric vehicles to be deployed in and around Connaught Place. So far 80 such vehicles have been bought to be used by officials for review.

V K Gautam, director P&I of NDMC, said that after two months, the council would order 25 vehicles to be used for the 'park and ride' programme.

"The idea is to try environment-friendly way of transport," Gautam said, adding that the buses would be deployed on Outer Circle, mostly near the multilevel parking lots.

About 3,000-odd cars could be accommodated in parking lots at Shivaji Stadium, Baba Kharak Singh Marg and Palika Bazar. But on an average, only 1,000-odd vehicles are parked there.

The plan to pedestrianise Connaught Place was proposed in January this year, but there were objections by traders. They are being brought on board, an official said, adding that traffic police's inputs are also being taken. All this would take a few months.

The buses would connect Janpath, KG Marg, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Minto Road, Chelmsford Road, Panchkuian Road, Barakhamba Road, Sansad Marg and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Marg.

 

 
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