New entrepreneurs to open parking lots at ten Bengaluru metro stations this week – The New Indian Express

Express news service

BENGALURU: Much-needed relief is in store for subway commuters who fear parking their vehicles unattended outside stations or on surrounding roads in recent months. Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has issued new contracts for parking at ten metro stations, three of which are expected to have paid parking for the first time. They were asked to begin their operations by November 30.

A senior metro official told TNIE that paid parking will debut at Silk Institute, Doddakallasandra and Konanakunte metro stations, all of which are on the first leg of Phase II launched in January 2021. The other stations have received from new contracts after expiration. the existing one or the contractor violating the conditions halfway due to the low use of metro stations caused by the pandemic.

Nagasandra, Deepanjali Nagar, Vijayanagar, Halasuru, Baiyappanahalli (NGEF side), Sandal Soap Factory and KSR station are all expected to have a new contractor, the official said.

Visits to a few metro stations reveal that commuters were struggling due to lack of parking.

The “paid parking” system at Vijayanagar metro station ended in July of this year. “Parking at the owner’s own risk” indicates notices posted on empty parking lots on either side of the station. Half of the station’s exterior space reserved for staff has been taken over by the public.

Among those affected is L Prasad, who takes the metro from Vijayanagar to his workplace in Cubbon Park. “It’s quite difficult to find a parking space just outside Vijayanagar station where there is a service road and we have to look for available space in the nearby tracks. You end up leaving your vehicle somewhere all day and it causes undue stress in the back of your mind about the safety of the vehicle. Another commuter from Vijayanagar, Rajashekhar K, said he was relieved that he did not have to pay the Rs 30 per day parking fee and that he was happy to do so freely.

At Sandal Soap Factory, a Metro staff member said that due to the lack of parking, commuters park their vehicles everywhere and they are towed away by traffic police. “They come to complain to us but we are powerless,” he said. “Paying Rs 30 is not a big sum for a whole day. I will be really happy if they start it soon, ”said M Ankitha, interior designer.

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