Chavan okays new parking norms for buildings

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan recently okayed the new parking norms for residential apartments, school buildings and commercial establishment in the city. As per new norms, it is mandatory for developers to reserve enough parking space during construction.

The norms were passed by the Pune Municipal Corporation in 2011 and was pending with the office of the chief minister for a final approval since then. Chavan signed the file on Thursday thus paving way for its implementation. An important provision in the norms is to deduct the height of the floors earmarked for parking from the total height of the building thus giving additional FSI to the building.

The new norms cover aspects such as parking permission at the ground floor, and give clear guidelines on space to be reserved for parking at a building depending upon the building's height and usage.

The policy was first proposed in 2006 by then corporators Nilesh Nikam, Vikas Mathkari and Subhash Jagtap. The PMC had then sought suggestions and objections from citizens and also organised a hearing for the same. Later, the norms were modified by the civic administration based on the inputs and then sent to the CIC and GB for their approval. The document was then sent to the state government for a final approval.

"The current parking system in the city is a complete chaos and is affecting the city traffic in a very bad way. At most residential and commercial buildings, cars are parked on the roads. So it is very important to keep enough parking space at the time of construction," said Nilesh Nikam, former standing committee chairperson.

Prashant Waghmare, city engineer PMC, said, "We haven't received any notification yet. We hope it will be issued in a week, after which the implementation will begin. The implementation of the new norms will give the city additional parking space."

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