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Soon, vehicle users have to pay for parking around Gandhi Market

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The Hindu              30.12.2013

Soon, vehicle users have to pay for parking around Gandhi Market

violation:Vehicles parked indiscriminately around Gandhi Market. —PHOTO: R.M. RAJARATHINAM
violation:Vehicles parked indiscriminately around Gandhi Market. —PHOTO: R.M. RAJARATHINAM

Even as Tiruchirapalli City Corporation is planning a slew of measures to renovate and re-develop the over 70-year-old Gandhi Market, roads around the market continue to be constricted by encroachments by platform traders and indiscriminate parking of vehicles.

Taking cognisance of the congestion around the market, the civic body has planned to shift the onion and banana wholesale markets to Sengulam Colony market and Viragupettai overhead water tank complex.

The corporation has also turned its attention to the problem of vehicles being parked by visitors. It has decided to create two two-wheeler parking lots in an attempt to regulate the vehicle parking and to ensure that the disorderly parking of vehicles does not hinder traffic flow. The two temporary parking lots are to be established in front of the existing fish market and towards the East Boulevard Road up to Vazhakkai Mandi . The corporation has also fixed a parking fee of Rs. 2 for bicycles and Rs. 4 for motorcycles or mopeds for four hours. The fee was approved by the corporation council last week. An official resolution on the subject said it had become essential to regulate the parking of vehicles in the interest of traders and people visiting the market.

Welcoming the move, Rangarajan, a city resident who frequents the market, pointed out that all along visitors to the market had to park their vehicles on the roadside as there was no designated parking area. The one near War Memorial was always full. However, he insisted that the corporation take steps to regulate the parking of lorries transporting goods and strictly enforce the timings for their entry to the city.

The civic body has also decided to construct two permanent parking lots at the old slaughter house and diamond jubilee complex, which are to be renovated soon.


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

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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.


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