KMC eases parking problems by introducing gadgets

The Kolkata Municipal Corporation is introducing hand-held machines to eradicate scope of confusion over parking time. The hand-held parking ticket machines will print the exact fare after calculating the time spent by a car at the parking lot.

The facility, which was introduced at Russell Street and Park Street car parking lots on Tuesday , will be extended to all other major parking areas across the city in phases.

From Wednesday, all parking attendants in the region (Park Street and Russell Street) will carry hand-held machines that will read the time of arrival of a car.

Based on the time, the car owner or the driver will be given a receipt. The attendant will finally generate a bill out of the machine after stipulated hours of parking. The machine has the preloaded feed of KMC authorized parking fees for four and two-wheelers.

Apart from this, KMC has made it mandatory for the cooperative societies manning parking lots to provide uniforms and issue identity cards to each and every attendant for the convenience of car owners.

The new system of parking will also ensure that fare chart boards, name of the cooperative society manning the parking lot and KMC helpline numbers are displayed at vantage points.

KMC has also installed provision of parking taxis in parking lots which will be of much help to the commuters.

Mayor promises taxi stands across Kolkata soon

Mayor Sovan Chatterjee has promised a taxi stand at every locality in Kolkata soon.

“Mamata Baner jee has asked us – Kolkata Municipal Corporation and Kolkata Police – to initiate efforts to ensure a taxi stand/bay at every nook and corner of the city. I have asked my officials and Kolkata Police to submit a report after joint inspection and survey of all parking areas in the city and make necessary arrangements to allow taxis to be parked in all such areas,” the Mayor told reporters on Tuesday after a high-level meeting at civic headquarters with police officials.

Debashis Kumar, member, mayor-in-council (parking, parks & squares, sports, advertisement) said KMC would submit Kolkata Police its survey report on parking lots across the city on Wednesday and a joint inspection, if required would be initiated to ensure space of parking taxis.

Apart from providing spaces for taxis in the parking lots, KMC would also initiate efforts to increase the number of private vehicles parked in the same parking area.

KMC is also initiating efforts to add new stretches of parking areas in the city. “With growing numbers of cars plying the streets of Kolkata the number of parking spaces too need to be increased and we are working on it,” the MMiC said.