Parking norms in Chandigarh are all set to change. Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil on Tuesday gave in-principle approval for rationalising the existing requirements for providing parking spaces in residential, commercial as well as residential buildings.
As per norms, certain percentage of the plot where construction is to take place is to be reserved for parking. This varies as per the kind of building that is constructed. The Department of Urban Planning had prepared a proposal for reducing the area under parking spaces and bring it on a par with the National Building Code norms. In Chandigarh, the parking space required to be made available was more than the prescribed norms.
It has now been decided that in the commercial area, the parking space required to be provided would be 3 equivalent car space (ECS) per 100 square metre. Earlier, it was 4 ECS per 100 square metre. In case of group housing societies, at present 1.8 ECS is to be provided per dwelling unit. This would now be 1.5 ECS per dwelling unit for 1200 sq feet area and 3 ECS per unit for 3,000 sq feet area. An additional 10 per cent space would have to be provided for guest parking.
Norms would be changed for educational institutes as well. Building plans of several schools were pending with the administration as the existing parking norms could not be fulfilled. At present, 20 per cent of the plot area and 33 ECS per acre was to be reserved for parking. This would now be only 20 per cent of the plot area. For hotels, 2 ECS per 100 sq feet parking would have to be provided. Earlier, the requirement was 4 ECS per sq feet.
UT Adviser K K Sharma said that the aim of changing norms was to rationalise the parking space as Chandigarh had the most liberal availability of parking space. The parking norms for all kinds of buildings would undergo a change. The administrator had given his in-principle approval for the same, he added.
According to an official of the administration, internationally, providing too much parking space is avoided. This discourages people from using cars. “Chandigarh has the highest per capita cars and the numbers are increasing everyday. While there would be some who would feel that with a change in norms, parking spaces would reduce. However, we would now be following NBC guidelines,” he said.