Govt asks BMC, BDA to crack the whip on illegal parking | Bhubaneswar News

Bhubaneswar: The state government has asked the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) to step up enforcement activities to check unauthorised parking of vehicles.
Housing and urban development secretary G Mathivathanan wrote to the BMC commissioner and BDA vice-chairman, Prem Chandra Chaudhury, to take immediate steps by forming enforcement squads for the same.
In the letter, Mathivathanan said, “It is seen that a large number of convention centres and kalyan and marriage mandaps have come up at very important places in the city. They are functioning without parking facilities. It is preventing free movement of traffic in the surrounding areas. These are serious issues which require immediate attention.”
The government has identified some areas where such centres have come up. They include the area in and around the Sai Temple, Tankapani Road, Patia and Infosys among others. “The enforcement drive should be taken up on a daily basis and report should be submitted to the government every day,” the letter further said.
The government move comes a month after the BDA issued notices to 14 institutions, including shopping malls and hospitals, asking them not to charge parking fees for parking vehicles inside their facilities. The malls and hospitals will have to provide parking space for free, according to the BDA (planning and building standards) regulations, 2018.
“It has been made mandatory for kalyan mandaps or convention centres to have a parking space for building plan approval. They can’t operate the facilities without a parking space. The squads will be formed and surprise raids will be conducted,” Chaudhury said.

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