Noida: How Prateek Wisteria deals with chaotic parking
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Noida: How Prateek Wisteria deals with chaotic parking

Four residents decided to distinguish cars without authorised parking space from those with one, and restricted their entry as part of measures to optimise use of available space.

Noida: How Prateek Wisteria deals with chaotic parking

Four residents of Prateek Wisteria, a residential society in Sector 77, Noida, have come up with a unique idea to deal with unauthorised parking of vehicles in the society.

Neeraj Virmani and his four friends — Amit Gupta, Arbind Singh, and Avnish Kumar — implemented a set of measures to solve the problem and have been able to gradually mitigate the problem.

Firstly, they identified the owners of unauthorised parked cars in the parking lots. Virmani sat with the society’s manager and prepared a list of those residents with authorised parking spaces and gave them stickers for their vehicles. This helped identify those cars and residents who were wrongfully parking their vehicles either in the parking lots or on the society’s streets.

Virmani said, “There are 90 residents who do not own parking space but are parking cars inside the society. This is causing inconvenience to others.”

Another measure Virmani and his group took was to display the names of those residents who were wrongfully parking their vehicles in the society. “We noticed that some residents had allotted space for just one car but were parking two in the society,” he added.

This was followed by restricting the entry of cars without stickers inside the society. “We did face tremendous resistance from some residents who were trying to park their vehicles in the open,” Virmani said.

Although the idea has brought considerable improvement in the society’s parking woes, there are a few residents who don’t follow the rules.


An unauthorised car in the parking lot  PHOTO: Ramesh Kumar


SK Singh, the security in-charge of the society, said, “Despite the rules, some residents enter the society on the pretext that they have to pick someone. If the security guard objects, they file a complaint against the guard with the society’s manager.”

To dissuade such defaulters, residents have started sending photos of cars parked wrongfully to the society manager on Virmani’s suggestion. The manager has been assigned the task of declaring such vehicles unauthorised. To drive the point home, the manager fixes a paper on the car’s windshield with the owner’s name. The manager also puts up a list of such defaulters on the society’s notice boards.

According to Virmani, if those in the defaulters’ list do not come forward to take their vehicles outside the society despite the list being published every week and several reminders, their cars would be towed away by the traffic police. “It’s the responsibility of residents to park their cars outside or be ready to pay the penalty once their vehicles are towed away,” he said.

“Some residents get into unnecessary arguments even when they are at fault. There are a few who rent out their extra parking space for money. I’ll prepare a final list of defaulters this week and will ask them to vacate the space. If they don’t come forward, we would call the police for towing away their vehicles,” added Virmani.

Prateek Wisteria has three parking lots, including one in the open. The society has 1,800 flats and 1,500 are already occupied. With the number of residents increasing, the society office abuzz with complaints of illegal parking in the premises.


An unauthorised car parked on one of the society's streets  PHOTO: Ramesh Kumar