VIJAYAWADA: In a welcome move for harried motorists desperate to find parking space, the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) is exploring all possibilities to introduce online parking system on a pilot basis in the city. Municipal Commissioner G Veerapandian who was in Washington tour from December 5 to 9, studied the possibilities to replicate the same here.
Absence of parking places, even on main roads across the city, has now become a big challenge for the VMC though the roads are being expanded by spending huge amounts. Several roads in the city are already widened, but vehicles owners are utilising the expanded roads visibly for parking their vehicles.
Once again, the VMC officials who are busy in designing strategies to bring in some discipline among the road users, are in a thought of introducing the online parking system in the city to ease traffic congestion.
“Online parking system is absolutely required for Vijayawada city after being developed as part of State capital Amaravati. Several cities have already introduced it. It helps put traffic in order,” said Taxpayers Association general secretary MV Anjaneyulu.
According to VMC officials, the civic body plans to implement a web-based pay and park model in its 45-odd functioning parking lots in the city, which can accommodate close to 10,000 vehicles. The project will be entrusted to a company through tender procedure and the selected company will design the parking slots.
CCTV cameras will also be installed at the parking lots, followed by website and mobile app for motorists to reserve the parking slot at any time. The selected company will also install a software, provide hand-held devices to attendants at parking lots and connect the feed from all the 45 spots to the server at the command control centre.
The hand-held devices will generate e-receipts, and the software will allow motorists to view online the number of free and occupied slots as and when cars and two-wheelers enter and exit of the parking lot.