Do you leave office early so that you can grab the parking spot outside your house before your neighbour does? If you are a Noida resident, you’ll probably say yes.
Do you leave office early so that you can grab the parking spot outside your house before your neighbour does? If you are a Noida resident, you’ll probably say yes. The problem of finding parking space in the city, which sees 400 new vehicles registered every day, is only getting worse by the day. Noida’s transport officials have come up with an unusual way to solve the problem. A new move by the transport authority will mean that anyone buying a car in Noida will have to submit an affidavit declaring that they have parking space for the vehicle, or it won’t be registered.
Mayank Jyoti, regional transport officer, Ghaziabad region, says, “The proposal was discussed among the transport authority officials a few days ago where we felt that we needed to address the shortage of parking space in the area and work out a way to minimize it. The proposal was passed on July 15 in a meeting at the Transport Authority.”
Officials say that the ruling will apply only to four-wheelers. A similar rule already exists for commercial vehicles in the state and many other cities have similar regulations for office complexes. But this is the first time a rule like this is being introduced for private cars in residential areas. While many are sceptical about the proposal, Noida residents say that this might help in stopping people from buying multiple cars, which are invariably parked on the roads and are the root cause of Noida’s perpetual parking problem.
My neighbour has four cars, two of which are parked on the road
Ali Mohammad, a resident of Sector 26, says, “The people living across the road from my house have four cars, two of which are parked on the road.” Ali adds, “In fact, many people in my neighbourhood have more than one car and the second one is invariably parked outside their house. Since the space on the sidewalk is limited, whoever gets home first gets to park their car and the latecomers have to make do with parking their vehicles on the road. Fights and arguments happen almost every day.”
Rajit Anand, a student, says, “My neighbours and I have a first-come-first-served parking arrangement where words are exchanged and expletives are hurled every day. There is only one parking spot and four vehicles in our building. In Noida, parking your car is bhagwan bharose. If you are lucky, you’ll get a spot near your house, else you park it kilometres away and walk back home. Last month, someone deflated my car’s tyres in the night over a parking argument earlier that day.”
Have even thought of taking parking space on rent
Car owners say that they have tried to come up with solutions to work around the perpetual parking problem of the city. Antara Singh, a resident of Sector 58, says, “It’s not just the transport officials who are experimenting with ideas to curb the menace. Residents too devise outlandish ways to secure a parking spot. I have space for one car, but when my husband bought a second vehicle, we asked our neighbours if they would rent out their extra parking space to us. Of course, they didn’t agree.” Others prefer to take public transport back home and leave their car in the office if they feel they won’t get a parking spot at that hour. Rajat Singhal, a resident of Sector 74, says, “There are twice as many cars as parking spots in our locality and nobody has a fixed spot, so arguments are common. There have been times that I have left my car in office when I work till late. I don’t have the patience to go home after a long day’s work and fight for a parking spot. It is better to take public transport and hope that you’ll get free early the next day and get your spot.”
Noida mein toh cycle lena hi best hai
Noida, being a hub of IT companies and colleges, is home to an estimated 1.5 lakh people who come here from outside the city and live in PGs or rented accommodation. Tanvi Mathur, a marketing executive from Sector 16, says, “If the homeowners have it bad, it is worse for those who live in PGs in Noida, and they form a substantial chunk of the city’s population. I know people who have sold their cars after moving here just to avoid this daily hassle of parking.” Kshitij Jain, an engineering student, adds, “Buying a car in Noida is different from getting one in Delhi or Gurgaon. Wahan toh sirf maintenance and petrol ki tension hai, par yahan toh parking is the biggest headache. You need to be prepared for the stress and frequent arguments. Mujhe lag raha hai Noida mein toh cycle lena hi best hai.”