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Motorists struggle to find parking spaces, MCC will soon provide payment and parking facilities

Payment and parking facilities will be available on Balmatta Road, Tanishq Jewelery at Khazana Jewellery, Balmatta-Ambedkar Circle, Hampankatta, Hamilton Circle-Rao and Rao Circle, Lalbagh, near KCCI at Bunder, Badria School Road, Nellikai Road, Mission Street, three stretches of Market Road, near Roopavani Theatre, first junction of Maidan Road, road opposite Linking Tower to Kalpana Sweets, Light House Hill and Alake Market.

Mangaluru: Soon, if you’re driving a quad or two-wheeler around Mangaluru town, you might have some extra cash in your wallet or purse, in case you need a parking spot, because Mangaluru City Corporation has decided to provide Pay-and-Park amenities, in order to alleviate the parking problems faced by motorists. But if you look around the city, there are enough parking spaces, however, all the main parking spaces have been invaded by illegal street vendors, mobile street canteens, vehicle repairers, among others – and the MCC turned a blind eye. And now they are trying to squeeze hard-earned money from tax-paying citizens to pay for parking, while allowing needed parking spaces to be overrun by non-tax-paying citizens, i.e. street vendors. Bah smoker!

Due to widening of many major roads in the city and increasing traffic density day by day, Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) has decided to increase the number of paid and parking facilities in the city. It is learned that based on a preliminary survey conducted jointly by the MCC and the traffic police, 13 locations have been identified so far to provide parking facilities. The MCC has issued a tender to manage the city’s paid and parking facilities. At present, with a large number of local vehicles moving around the city, as well as those who visit the city by vehicles, are hampered by the lack of parking space.


As the works on the main roads under Mangaluru Smart City Limited (MSCL) and MCC are approaching competition, the municipality has decided to reserve parking spaces at identified locations. An MCC official speaking to the Mangalorean team said: “A tender has been issued to start payment and parking facilities at 13 locations in the city. While the total amount set for 13 pitches is Rs 23 lakh, bidders will be required to pay 10% of the bid. Successful bidders can provide parking facilities for two-wheelers and light motor vehicles, collecting prescribed fees for the following year,”

Payment and parking facilities will be available on Balmatta Road, Tanishq Jewelery at Khazana Jewellery, Balmatta-Ambedkar Circle, Hampankatta, Hamilton Circle-Rao and Rao Circle, Lalbagh, near KCCI at Bunder, Badria School Road, Nellikai Road, Mission Street, three stretches of Market Road, near Roopavani Theatre, first junction of Maidan Road, road opposite Linking Tower to Kalpana Sweets, Light House Hill and Alake Market.

In addition to these Pay & Park facilities planned by MCC, a multi-level parking complex is already under construction at Hampankatta, (the former bus stop area), which would solve the major parking problem in the city a once finished. This project is taken over in PPP mode, through a company based in Mangaluru, at an estimated cost of Rs 95 crore. It is being developed on 1.6 acres of the vacant site of the city’s former bus station, work undertaken by Mangaluru Smart City Ltd (MSCL).

Deena S. Hawkins

The author Deena S. Hawkins