With exponential rise in the number of private vehicles on city roads causing traffic congestions, parking and pollution issues, the Pune Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (PSCDCL) has decided to implement a smart parking project in the Aundh-Baner-Balewadi (ABB) area on a pilot basis. “The number of private vehicles has been increasing exponentially in the city. Finding space for parking has become a major challenge for the city,” said a PSCDCL official.
Residents spend a lot of time and fuel searching for parking space, he said, adding the conventional parking system is time-consuming, causes traffic congestion and adds to pollution levels. The official said the objective of the smart parking project is to address the challenges faced in conventional parking while reducing congestion on city roads, besides saving time, fuel and tackling pollution.
PSCDCL has invited applications from agencies for an efficient and cost-effective smart parking solution for the ABB area in Pune. “A pilot initiative is proposed to be launched in the ABB area identified for area-based development under the Pune Smart City Plan. Based on the success of the project, it will be implemented across the city,” the official said.
The PSCDCL will operate as the nodal agency for the pilot project. In consultation with the PMC, it will assess the feasibility of the project before implementing it across the city, he said. “The solution should address on-street parking for two-wheelers, three-wheelers and four-wheelers,” the official added.
“The pilot project will be conducted at no cost to PSCDCL and residents will have full access to the parking area. The smart parking project will be for a period of 30 to 90 days and will be implemented before May 31 next year,” he said.
The operating agency will have to provide a mobile application that can be run on both iOS and Android phones to allow vehicle owners to identify parking space availability. The mobile app will receive, address and manage feedback and grievances from users.
“The operator may charge a nominal parking fee of Re 1 per customer, which will be deposited into an account from which the parking fees would be transferred to the PMC,” he said.