‘Pay and park’ system at Al Sahwa Park from next month: Municipality

Vehicles parked in a haphazard manner near the park (Muscat Daily)

Muscat - 

Muscat Municipality is all set to introduce the ‘pay and park’ system at Al Sahwa Park from September for better management of parking facilities in the area.

In the past, motorists and visitors to the park had asked the authorities that a proper system should be put in place as there are many who leave their vehicles parked there for days.

They had requested the authorities to intervene and segregate slots for buses, taxis as well as private cars with some even calling for the installation of parking meters.

According to the municipality, all motorists using the parking facilities have to pay at the meters. “Anyone who wants to park his or her car will have to pay. It will be operationalised beginning September,” a municipality official told Muscat Daily.

Many have expressed their happiness on the move saying that order will prevail now.

Mohsin Rashid, a bus driver who uses the facilities almost every day, said, “There is no proper order in place. Buses, taxis and private vehicles are just parked randomly in the area. I believe once the system is in place, there will be order.”

Al Sahwa Park is located near the Rusayl roundabout, which is one of the busiest intersections in the city. Many people who take buses to attend work in oil fields park their vehicles near the park for days.

“Often, I see vehicles covered in dust parked for days. The owners are usually those working in oil fields in the interiors  who leave their vehicles for weeks as per their convenience. As a result, park goers struggle to find parking slots.

“I am happy now that I will be able to find a slot to park my vehicle easily as motorists will have to pay from next month onwards,” Jamila al Asmi, a Mawaleh resident who visits the park almost every week, said.

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