Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation announced in October 2017 that it would work together to devise a parking policy . The proposed plan was drafted, but it was not strictly followed .
HYDERABAD: With burgeoning vehicles and an increasing parking market, the city is bursting at the seams.However, municipal authorities have failed to wake up to the crisis, work out a comprehensive parking program or clamp down on unauthorised parking.Though a new program has been on the agenda for several years now, it is yet to be implemented on the ground.Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), Road Transport Corporation (RTC), Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA), and the police department, respectively, announced almost five years ago that they will work together to devise a parking policy.Since 700 cars are being added to city streets every day, a parking policy is becoming necessary.While announcing the step back in October 2017, KTR said it would first be implemented in densely populated regions.After a number of improvements, the proposed program included the following recommendations: Parking is categorized into street parking, short-stay parking, residential parking, open space parking for light vehicles, as well as parking in government buildings, bus stands, metro and MMTS stations.Official sources claim that the parking system has remained in jeopardy due to various administrative hurdles. So, the norms in various related laws need to be updated, according to a GHMC official.Officials also note that a further reason for the delay is the need to conduct assessments of the existing commercial areas and evaluate the parking requirements, which will be addressed soon.The proposed agenda also included measures to include a property tax exemption and extra retail space for buildings, as well as a 100 percent property tax exemption for owners of open spaces that provide parking options.According to the Telangana State Building Rules 2012, 44% of the commercial complex should be set aside for parking. According to activist Raj Kumar Singh, policies have value only if they are implemented.