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Sri Lanka’s planned parking high-rises will be costly

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka plans to build high rise parking structures to cater to growing private vehicle use under the planned Western Region ‘Megapolis’ project given limited availability of on-street parking but they will be expensive, an official said.

The authorities also plan to better enforce parking rules violationof which not add to traffic congestion, said Dimantha De Silva, senior lecturer at the University of Moratuwa and Megapolis transport planner.

“We want to move out from on streat parking to off-street parking – structrues will come up,” he told a forum.

Existing governemnt lands in the city earmarked for property development in future but now used for pakring will be imoroved upon with tarred surfarces and lane marking, he said at the forum held by the French Embassy and French Agency for Development.

“This will be the first phase which we can do immediately. We found that within three motnsh they can recover the inftrastructure cost.”

Parling structures will be built in the second phase.

“Unfortunately to recover that cost it will be a much higher price. Now they charge Rs 30 per hour. But this could go up to Rs100 – 150 or even Rs200 per hour,” De Silva said.
(COLOMBO, March 09, 2017)

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