Yangon embraces vertical car park
The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) is planning to build a vertical car park, Mayor U Maung Maung Soe said during a parliament session last Thursday. The structure will be designed to minimise the required area while maximising parking space in Yangon.
Plans are currently being drawn up to build a multi-level vertical car park system housing lots for eight cars within 20 feet of space per storey. The plan will be submitted to the legislature for approval once complete.
“The YCDC is talking to companies about building a vertical car park facility with multiple levels,” said U Maung Maung Soe.
He added that the challenge in building multiple levels as opposed to occupying a large horizontal space is the higher volume of electricity involved.
“Once potential solutions are found and the plan is finalised, we will call for a tender to build the car park,” said U Maung Maung Soe, adding that the new carpark will likely be constructed under a public-private partnership.
The move comes amid a chronic shortage of parking space across a rising number of Yangon townships. “In crowded townships like Tarmwe, San Chaung and Kyauktada, parking is very important yet everyone is having problems,” Daw Kyi Pyar, MP from Kyauktada township, said in parliament.
“The lack of car parks is resulting in more frequent quarrels between vehicle owners fighting for spaces to park,” said U Aung Myo, MP from San Chaung township.
Increasingly, residents are occupying parking lots unnecessarily as they are unwilling to give up the space, he added.
Some car owners also use boards and other obstacles to block off parking lots outside their homes or apartments
“Although the YCDC removes these obstacles, the residents continue doing the same thing. So, the council should set rules and regulations to deter this and at the same time solve the parking space shortage with a proper car park facilities,” U Aung Myo explained.
Proper, designated car park facilities will also help the government collect parking fees in a more systematic and efficient manner, said Daw Kyi Pyar.
“There are people who collect parking fees of up to K500 for each car parked on the main roads. The YCDC needs to officially communicate if this is legally allowed because it is common for car owners who refuse to pay the so-called parking fee to have their vehicles vandalised,” she said.
Under the former government, the YCDC sub-contracted the collection of parking fees to a third party. However, this system was cancelled with the new government, said U Maung Maung Soe.