Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) regional director Shreya Gadepalli has blamed parking of vehicles on roads for traffic congestion.
Addressing architecture students at Symbiosis Vishwabhavan, Gadepalli said, “One of the main reasons for traffic jam is private vehicles eating up more of road space for parking, thereby making roads narrower and resulting in traffic congestion.”
Gadepalli claimed that the problem of traffic congestion in the city can be solved if parking charges are increased as the measure will discourage commuters to use private vehicles and adopt public transport.
Citing the examples of New York and Paris that have curbed the issue of traffic congestion by making changes in their parking, Gadepalli said, “Just increase the rate of parking per hour in Pune by only Rs5 for two-wheeler and Rs10 for four-wheeler. The funds collected by increased rates should be used for the development of the area and improvement of public transport, with cleaner buses and better frequency.”
Gadepalli said, “Public sharing cycles should be encouraged in the city. A person can become the member and use it wherever he goes and park it in the designated lane which will help to improve the traffic system.”
Making wider roads or constructing flyovers will not help to curb the issue of traffic menace in the city. It can only be done once we encourage people to use public transport system. Only then we can have a good life for human beings, she said.