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Effort made to tackle parking shortage

SHANGHAI continues to build underground parking lots to address the shortage of spaces due to the meteoric rise in car ownership.

"New underground parking spaces are being set up in residential complexes, greenery areas and subway stations," Shen Xiaosu, director of the city's Civil Defense Office, said yesterday afternoon.

The office oversees the development and management of underground parking lots.

Experts and officials said the city needs at least 300,000 additional public parking spaces to satisfy current demand.

Shanghai has about 780,000 public parking berths. More than 50,000 public spaces have been added since 2011.

By 2015, there will be a shortage of 45,000 parking berths in the Pudong New Area alone.

The city has 1.4 million private cars, with the number expected to soar to 1.62 million by year's end, traffic administrators said previously.

Shen said the reasonable use of space as well as maintaining public safety are important when considering building more underground parking lots. The underground spaces are also being equipped for use as shelters during emergencies.

Limited land resources are forcing planners to look underground for future parking lots.

Planning authorities are also discussing using the underground spaces at the former World Expo site and the riverside area in Xuhui District.


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