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Pay-and-park system at Devaraj Urs, Ashoka and Sayyaji Rao roads soon

The MCC is all set up to introduce the system by the end of March this year, with vehicles to be charged on hourly basis.

To address the parking issues owing to the increase in the number vehicles and the paucity of parking space, the Mysuru City Corporation’s (MCC) decade-long run to introduce ‘pay-and-park’ system to streamline parking in the city management in public and commercial places might be a reality by the end of March.

The MCC is all set up to introduce the system on Devaraj Urs, Ashoka and Sayyaji Rao roads – the busiest commercial streets in the city and the vehicle owners will be charged on hourly basis. “We are still working out with the charges,” MCC Mayor B L Bhyrappa said.

Though a resolution by a 65-member MCC council was passed in 2012 to introduce pay-and-park in the city, the same was not implemented fearing opposition from the motorists and mainly shopkeepers, who occupy much of the parking space.

“It is inevitable now. The system could be the only way out to deal with the ever-increasing parking space woes,” Mayor B L Bhyrappa said. The MCC is yet to finalise on whether to launch the system on Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) basis. However, the system is likely to be restricted for cars in the initial stage.

Mayor Bhyrappa revealed that initially Devaraj Urs Road will be taken up for the pay-and-park project. “Wipro has come forward to set up ticket vending machines at five strategic points of the road. The parking fee and mode of operation will be finalised soon,” he said.

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