The Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) has allowed more than 250 private parking spaces that can be rented by the month in order to make city parking easier amid an increasing number of cars.
In July, the MCDC started allowing people to rent out parking spaces in front of their houses, MCDC member U Kyaw San Myint said.
“The number of cars is increasing in Mandalay and cars are parking haphazardly. There are cars double-parked or parking in restricted areas, causing traffic jams. We have to clear these by forming mobile teams. That is why we allowed private parking rentals,” he said.
Also, arguments have occurred between homeowners and drivers due to the posting of “No parking allowed” signs in front of houses.
Depending on the street size, the MCDC has marked out private parking spaces in vacant areas. A two-metre-wide, five-metre-long parking space rents for K25,000 per month, and 251 spaces have already been rented in five townships of the city. More than K250 million in fees have been earned from the rentals.
“Names have been written on the spaces that have been hired,” said U Kyaw San Myint.
If other vehicles park in spaces that have been reserved by someone else, a complaint can be made to the MCDC, Mayor U Ye Lwin said on his social media page.
“The committee isn’t doing this as a business. The purpose is to reduce traffic congestion in the city and introduce systematic parking,” U Kyaw San Myint said.