When you visit a mall? What takes most of your time?
The straight answer is parking. Especially on weekends. The moment you are at the entrance of a mall, there is a big queue for parking. It takes almost an hour to park your vehicle. Half of enthusiasm to visit a mall, to shop, to watch a movie goes down.
A person who visits mall almost spent 50% of his visiting time looking for a parking space. The price rise in parking is also a big problem. Mr Rajeev from Delhi shared his experience “I have been spending so much money on parking for few hours”.
With the continuous hike in number of cars on roads of Delhi, parking problems has been a nightmare for the people fond of visiting malls for over a decade now. Delhi has 10 million vehicles (As on January, 2017). The total number of vehicles per family is increasing. Result is decrease in parking space. One friend of mine had once requested a mall staff to let him give a parking space, for double the amount to avail a secure parking.
Parking became a chaotic problem due to inefficiency of the parking personnel who do not follow the proper rules which makes the process become a cumbersome mess. Also, another major issue comes from the side of people who do not cooperate with the ones who are in-charge of the parking. This also makes people lose their patience level.
These parking problems can affect business of the malls in long term.
Possible Solutions: What can be possible solutions? Not to think in the lines of what government should do or what a mall owner can do? Let us focus on what an individual can do?
People should avoid using personal conveyance and start using public transport like metro and bus for commutation. Even there are shuttle services with low charges to the mall from nearest metro stations. DLF Mall of India has shuttle services every 30 minutes from Botanical Garden metro station, Noida to malls. Also, Ambience Mall, Gurugram has started Zbee rides from Micromax Maulsari Avenue Station to Ambience Mall, Gurgaon & back. Cab services like Uber pool and Ola share can be used to make your ride easy and affordable. This will make the problem of traffic on roads and parking issues in malls and markets culminate to an extent.