Guwahati Municipal Corporation Allots 47 New Parking Lots In the City
GUWAHATI: The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has recently allotted 47 new roadside parking lots for the year 2019-20. The officials feel that this would help in managing the increasing traffic in the city.
Every year, the process of allotment of parking lots by the GMC is complete by the end of March. However, authorities informed that this year the tender process to lease out the parking lots was postponed due to the Lok Sabha elections which were held in April in the state.
The civic body leases the lots from April 1 which remains valid till March 31.
“This year, we had opened the tenders in June and started the process of allotting the parking by July,” an office assistant at GMC, Anishur Rahman, informed G Plus.
He added that they had floated the tenders for a total of 50 parking lots in the city, out of which three remain to be allotted. These include the ones in Pandu Port Road, Betkuchi wholesale fish market and on the GS Road.
Authorities said that they had allotted 45 parking lots during the previous year (2018-19).
A majority of the newly-allotted parking lots are roadside city parking in different areas of the city. Some of these are located along the GS Road, Maligaon, AT Road, Paltan Bazar, and GNB Road among others.
Apart from these, there are four parking which have been allotted under the flyovers on the stretch of the GS Road. These include, Bhangagarh, Ganeshguri, Ulubari and Six Mile.
The current parking fee as set by the GMC is Rs 5 for the first two hours for two-wheelers and Rs 5 is added for every subsequent hour thereafter. While for the four-wheelers it is Rs 10 for the first two hours and Rs 5 per hour is added for the subsequent hours.
GMC officials mentioned that each year they usually increase the parking fee by a marginal 5-10 per cent but they have not done so this year.
Traffic congestion and haphazard parking has been one of the major causes of concern for Guwahatians for a long time now.