The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has decided to open all the spaces below 4 flyovers on GS Road in Guwahati for car and two-wheeler parking.
Though the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) recently inaugurated a multi-storied car parking on RG Baruah road, parking has always been a problem on GS Road and AT Road. Designated parking spaces under the flyovers were completely closed after the 2008 serial bomb blasts.
GMC commissioner Monalisa Goswami said that parking under flyovers at Bhangagarh, Sixmile, Ulubari and Ganeshguri in Guwahati are leased out for the year 2018-19 and opened for the citizens.
“We have noticed that parking on the GS Road has been a major worry for the citizens. We have decided to open the spaces under the flyovers for parking. I hope it will help in solving the problem to a certain extent,” Goswami said.
As per GMC record, 14700 square feet area under Sixmile flyover will allow to park 150 four wheelers or 450 two-wheelers. Either 105 four-wheelers or 315 two-wheelers can be parked under Bhangagarh flyover in 10,290 square feet area. While in Ganeshguri, either 96 four wheelers or 288 two wheelers can be parked in the allotted 9,408 square feet area. And in Ulubari, which witnesses one of the major traffic snarls, either 78 four wheelers or 234 two wheelers can be parked in an area of 7,664 square feet under the flyover.
She also said that all formalities have been finished and just after clearing the area it can be freed for parking at the earliest.
In 2015, a section of area under Ganeshguri flyover was opened for parking after the state government put a ban on parking following the 2008 serial bomb blasts under the flyover which killed at least 60 people at the Ganeshguri area alone.
According to the district transport office, there are around 10 lakh of vehicles playing on Guwahati roads.