With the condition of authorised parking spaces leaving a lot to be desired, the Chennai Corporation Council decided to conduct e-auction for 186 parking spaces in the city.
The number of parking spaces managed by TEXCO has come down from 143 to 66. As many as 77 parking spaces have been found to be ‘not feasible’ owing to other infrastructure projects, such as Metro Rail. The Chennai Metro Rail Limited and other departments are using these parking spaces to implement their projects.
The e-auction of new parking spaces in roads such as Wall Tax Road, Ethiraj Salai, Harris Road, Egmore High Road, Esplanade, Wallajah Salai and EVK Sampath Road is expected to augment the revenue from parking lots and solve parking problems faced by motorists in many areas.
Despite Chennai City Traffic Police giving their nod for a list of 353 new parking spaces on its roads, the Corporation’s field officers found 114 of them to be infeasible. The central region covering Thiru-Vi-Ka Nagar, Ambattur, Teynampet, Kodambakkam and Valasaravakkam has 87 spaces for commissioning parking lots. The north region will get 77 parking lots. The south region with just 22 parking spaces has the least of them. The Corporation will generate a revenue of Rs. 5.4 crore per annum from the e-auction of parking lots.