Valet parking on Raman Street







Last Saturday, uniformed men lined up car after car after car on Raman Street and its crosses. On both sides of the road. Nothing unusual. Just what happens without fail when the nearby hotels’ (GRT and Residency) parking lots are full. Which is more often than not. Popularly known as valet parking, and a pain in the posterior for residents of the area.

9 Comments so far

  1. Navneeth (unregistered) on July 31st, 2007 @ 2:04 am

    Reminds me of the street outside our house on a Saturday night. In fact, ours is much narrower than what I can see of Raman St. in the photos.

  2. ratan jhaveri (unregistered) on July 31st, 2007 @ 6:55 am

    Sir, which camera you are using?

  3. Kokki_ Jacobus (unregistered) on July 31st, 2007 @ 1:31 pm

    The use of residential areas for parking vehicles has increased exponentially ever the last few years. The hospitality industry is just one of the culprits,, residents with hotels or marriage halls in their vicinity will definitely have tales of vehicles blocking their gates/ access to their houses. Small offices in residential areas with 20+ people working see the pavements taken over by motorbikes, in some cases it spills on to the road and eats into precious road space. However the nuisance value of the hotels and offices is limited compared to call taxis – the drivers have their set of roads in each area where they park their cars, pee on the trees/walls, generally sleep, smoke… in most cases there are 3 or more cars lined along a road. Any ideas on how this problem can be countered? In cases of the hotels, multi level parking should be made mandatory for all hotels (at least for the new ones that are coming up).

  4. suppamani (unregistered) on July 31st, 2007 @ 7:11 pm

    In north Boag Road, next Karaikudi restaurant there is a Kalyana Mandpam known as “Vasantha Mahal”-Their charges for a mariage of two to thredays is aboput Rs.1,25,000/- They are not having any parking space for the vehicle; not even enough to park 2cars or even threee two wheelers. They said when I approached for marriage that the vehicles to be parket in the side of the roads and in lanes nearby ; when I referrred about any severe action from the traffice police, I was told that I needd not worry about it, and they would take care of it, if no traffic jam is created in the entrance of the hall; this is the situation prevails there since the last one decades; No body knows how the licence to this Mahal was granted without parking space even for two vehicles.

  5. Vivek (unregistered) on August 1st, 2007 @ 1:42 am

    This can be tackled only by a strict govt. But I don’t see that coming. It should like any other developed countries. No more parking on the streets. All business from 2010 should provide parking for their customers. Period. The business/shops have three years to plan and act accordingly. Suddenly our roads will become wider. But NO Govt will do that, because they will lose in the next election.

  6. Kokki_ Jacobus (unregistered) on August 1st, 2007 @ 1:08 pm

    Vivek, Nice observations. You forgot your punchline though ;)

  7. suppamani (unregistered) on August 1st, 2007 @ 7:02 pm

    Today I had been to Saravana Bhavan , in II main Road, Anna Nagar.They are suddenly installing a Big Size Generator in their western side main road encroaching a lion’s share of the platform; Concerned authorities are sleeping now or I dont know whether the harvest for this has already been enjoyed. Afer some times this will go to court and so many hearing and arguments; But now the concerened authorities of this area are keepiong quite.

  8. Manoj (unregistered) on August 1st, 2007 @ 9:45 pm

    If the authorities are sleeping, try making a noise. The higher the decibel level, the better. Take pictures of the offending building/business/hotel/kalyana mandapam. Send it to the newspapers by email. Write about it on the net. Maybe a chain mail which you forward to friends on your list, and ask them to forward as well. The idea is to increase public awareness. Soon it will reach a pitch that the authorities cannot ignore.

  9. jillumadrasi (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 8:55 am

    that last bastion of peace in madras is gone..

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