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The Parking House Committee for PAHOSS (Parking House Support Scheme) of Mizoram held a meeting under the leadership of the Chief Minister Zoramthanga at the chief minister’s Cabinet Meeting Room on Thursday.

While many requests were received for the scheme, it was decided that 46 applications will be approved for the first phase.

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In the first phase, provision of parking space will be available for 1036 vehicles in the east, west, north and south areas of the capital city.

According to reports, the readiness of the planned parking houses are at different levels, while some are ready for occupancy, some are undergoing construction, and a few are yet to be constructed.

The chief minister said the parking house will be a profitable source of income for the owners. The ownership will not be taken over by the government but instead, the owner will be working with the government to provide a structure that will be useful for the community, he said.

The chief minister hopes the scheme which focuses on construction of parking space at various locations within Aizawl city by means of incentivizing private, recognized NGOs and local councils having suitable land and building will aid in decreasing traffic congestion in the city.

On the launch date, the Zoramthanga said, “With this scheme, we can hope for Mizoram to have one of the lowest record of traffic jams.”

Under PAHOSS, assistance will be given in the form of grant-in-aid for construction of car parking at the rate of Rs 1.00 lakh per every light motor vehicle or every six two-wheeler.

Private, recognized NGO or local council land owners who are willing to construct parking space for a minimum of five light motor vehicles (LMV) will be eligible to receive the assistance as a grant-in-aid. The UD&PA Department will be the nodal agency for this scheme.

With the number of vehicles rising rapidly each year, the small hill city of Aizawl has been facing acute traffic problems as the narrow roads which are often used to park private vehicles leaves little space for two more cars to pass each other.

According to the Aizawl Traffic police, more than 8000 vehicles are operating on a daily bases in Aizawl.

The AMC mayor P C Lalhmingthanga, chief secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo, DGP Balaji Srivastava, finance commissioner Vanlalchhuanga, planning secretary Dr C Vanlalramsanga, IGP LH Shanliana, PWD engineer-in-chief Er Lalsawmvela, PWD chief engineer, UD&PA director Joseph H Lalramsanga and other officers were present at the meeting.

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