Parking woes for Bangalore’s Namma Metro

India’s city of Bangalore is currently building a metro railway throughout the city, promising to change the way that many residents
commute. However, the decision not to provide car parking facilities is causing
concern and debate in the city.

In two other Indian cities with high population
density (Delhi and Mumbai) the metro authority is planning to provide ample
commuter parking space. The Mumbai metro, which is already under construction,
has already cleared projects for two multi level parking facilities.

The Bangalore government officials claim that not
providing parking facilities will encourage people to depend on public
transport. Traffic and transit management centres with ample parking spaces
currently exist at the main bus stands, where commuters are able to park their
car and then catch a bus to the metro stations.

Residents however, say that the lack of parking will
only discourage them from using the metro. Parking is already an issue in the
growing city, with many vehicle owners parking in residential areas.

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