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GPS parking to help motorists

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Deccan Chronicle              13.12.2013

GPS parking to help motorists

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Chennai: The pavements at Pondy Bazaar are now usable at a stretch as there are no obstructions, barring a few motorcyclists who still ride over the pavements, and cars, which are parked unevenly due to the lack of parking space.

To resolve the issue, the Chennai corporation is planning to introduce a parking regulation cell in Ripon Buildings and manage the parking through GPS.

Sources also hint that the multi-level parking project on the stretch may be reconsidered wherein the GPS-enabled parking facility would be used.

“The parking meters will have GPS facilities which will employees at the parking cell monitor the scenario and the number of parking spaces available at the parking area,” said a senior Corp­oration official.

“The number of parking spa­ces available would be displayed on a digital bo­ard which would be upd­ated,” he added.

“Our aim is to relieve citizens from  se­a­rching for parking space and make them aw­are of parking availab­ili­ty as soon as they enter the stretch,” the official said.

The civic body is planning strategies for the feeder roads across T. Nagar for the pr­o­posed pedestrian plaza.

TNSTC town buses to stop in front of Corporation’s new building from Friday

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The Hindu              05.12.2013

TNSTC town buses to stop in front of Corporation’s new building from Friday

Special Correspondent

TNSTC, Vellore, has agreed to stop all town buses proceeding towards Vellore and Katpadi in front of the new building of the Vellore Corporation on Infantry Road with effect from Friday, according to a note from P. Karthiyayini, Mayor of Vellore.

The town buses were stopping in front of the erstwhile Municipal Travellers’ Bungalow (in which site the new Corporation building is now located) for several years.

But in recent years, the buses were regularly stopping at the turning in front of Ladies Recreation Club, causing traffic snarls in view of the vehicles turning left from Anna Salai to Infantry Road and detention of traffic at this junction whenever a bus stops to pick up passengers.

The Mayor said that following request from the pubic to revive the bus stop in front of the new Corporation building, she requested the general manager of TNSTC to ensure that the buses stop in front of the building, and the latter agreed to do so from Friday.

The Corporation had also evicted private travels’ vehicles parked in front of the Corporation building to facilitate the waiting of passengers at the bus stop.

Ms. Karthiyayini told The Hindu that the space vacated by the travels’ vehicles would soon be converted into a park.


Coimbatore Corporation to prepare new mobility plan for city

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The Hindu             27.11.2013

Coimbatore Corporation to prepare new mobility plan for city

Karthik Madhavan

Sometime next week the Coimbatore Corporation would invite a few government officials, civil society activists, non-government organisations and trade body representatives for a discussion to prepare a comprehensive mobility plan for the city.

The second attempt to address the traffic issues that decelerate the city’s development comes after the Corporation missed the bus after preparing the first comprehensive mobility plan in 2007.

The civic body had prepared the plan engaging a consultant to fulfil obligations under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, sources said.

One of the proposals mooted in the mobility plan was the bus rapid transit system to ease traffic congestion on roads and provide a mass transit project for the city.

The proposal remained on paper as the Ministry of Urban Development asked the Corporation to complete the other JNNURM projects, in the execution of which its performance was below par.

It was also because the then Corporation administration did not accord top priority for providing solutions to transport problems in the city. But cities like Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Kochi and even Kozhikode made considerable progress.

A few of those cities completed the first mass transit project and mooted proposal for the second. While the others got the first project moving on the ground, the sources said.

Now the Corporation had got a second chance to prepare a new mobility plan and push for sanction for projects that would find a mention therein, for transport was intricately connected with the city’s development.

Transportation solutions would lead to connectivity and that would result in business development.

Plus, the opportunity for the preparation of a new mobility plan comes when the Corporation had sought from the Ministry the establishment of a urban metropolitan transport authority to provide transport solutions to the city.

It had also sought the creation of an urban transport fund.

The sources suggested that the new mobility plan should look at new areas of growth while trying to decongest areas of stabilisation – meaning, it should look at taking people away from the core business district to new centres of growth, seek to establish new bus terminals as the Ministry norms suggest establishment of a bus terminal for every million population, parking bays, pedestrian and vehicular subways and much more.

The sources added that the civic body should carry out a feasibility study to decide on a mass transit project and based on the study result decide on mono or metro rail.

The choice of the mass transit project should not be decided based on other considerations.


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