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City looks to resolve parking lot shortage

SHANGHAI plans to use the space under elevated roads and bridges to provide free parking, the city's lawmakers said at a meeting that ended yesterday.

The Shanghai Construction and Transportation Committee said that some green spaces under elevated roads will be transformed into parking areas.

Unoccupied space, which beggars often turn into makeshift homes, will also be used to create more parking spaces.

Detailed regulations will be released next year, the committee said.

The committee has already asked a power supply company on the North-South Elevated Road to provide the space under the elevated road in front of its gate to residents and businesses for parking after 5pm.

However, Li Zhengwu, chairman of the Shanghai Parking Service Association, said this plan could create even more congestion.

If people park their cars under the elevated roads, they'll find it hard to drive out, creating even more traffic jams on the city's busiest arteries, Li said.

At the end of last year, the city had about 500,000 public parking spots, a shortfall of about 700,000.

It's unlikely it will get any easier to find a parking space in the short term as another 500,000 vehicles will likely hit the city's roads this year, according to the parking association.

He proposed building parking lift systems so that parked cars can be stacked, thus saving land and providing more spaces.

Dozens of cars can be parked on 50 square meters of ground space with these systems, Li said yesterday.


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