Patna: Come September, and Patnaites will have smart parking facilities in the vicinity of crowded market places or near congested office spaces in the city.
Failing to significantly improve its tally in Swachhata Sarvekshan, the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to launch the smart parking at 37 places across the state capital to earn some brawny points to jack up its position in the next survey.
Officials of the PMC said that they have completed the process of awarding work to different contractors to run the parking facilities after completion of tendering process. Parking facilities are being developed near Vidyut Bhawan, BN College, Ashok Rajpath, Dak Bungalow Chowk, Patna Electricity Supply Undertaking (PESU) office, PHED office, Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam office, SK Puri Park, Eco Park, etc, which attract huge crowd in day time.
Some of the agencies have been given work orders to raise the infrastructure of smart parking such as sensors, moving and close-circuit TV cameras, public announcement system, attached computer set up, etc, to run the installations. Officials hoped that all the smart parking slots would be ready in the next 30-45 days to accept the parking of vehicles.
The officials, however, refrained from specifying the charge for parking, saying that it would almost similar to the parking charge currently being levied by the PMC at other places. “However, the operators would be free to use additional facilities like online booking, smart card, auto-pay stations and selling the space for advertisement for extra revenue,” said a public relations officer of the PMC, adding that the people would have facility to book the parking slot online in advance.
Locations of upcoming smart parking
In front of Vidyut Bhawan, BN College, Ashok Rajpath, Dak Bungalow Chowk, offices of PESU, PHED, Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam, SK Puri Park, Gate no 2 & 3 of Eco Park, Shahdeo Mahto Mark, Mount Carmel School, Patna Women’s College School, Maurya Complex, Maharaja Kameshwar Complex, Hartali More, Boring Road Chauraha, Mahavir Mandir, Truck Stand Transport Nagar, Rajendra Nagar, Central School, Munna Chowk, Kumhrar Toli and Tempo stand, Kankarbagh.
Charging points for electric vehicles
Officials said that some of the slots would be identified strictly for electric vehicles, which would have charging points. The electric installations would be maintained regularly by electricians to maintain efficiency of automated charging. The slots meant for electric vehicles would not be occupied by normal vehicles.
All parking places would be linked trough app
All smart parking places would be connected with one another through app, which would facilitate constant monitoring from the Integrated Control and Command Centre. CCTV cameras would be placed at strategic locations so that each and every portion of the parking could be monitored all the time. The parking places would have other smart facilities like boom barrier, sensors, app for booking and live tracking. One can book the slots for a week or a month, which would be less than normal parking charge.