In an attempt to eliminate parking issues across Muscat, a smart parking system will be installed in 25 different locations in the next few days, a top official announced this week.
This new system will save space by introducing multiple parking levels, allowing more cars to be parked in a smaller space. “Smart parking is an efficient mechanised system from the point of view of space used and total cost of ownership. This system can increase the parking capacity by up to eight times,” Mohamed al Siyabi, president of Al Siyabi United, the company that will be installing the new parking system, was quoted as saying in a local newspaper.
It is the first time such a system is being installed in Oman, according to Praveen Kumar, vice-president at Al Siyabi United. He added that company planned to install an eight-level parking system in which 16 cars could be parked.
“We can park 100 cars in the space of 13 cars or park 800 cars in the space of 100 cars. The system is fully automated, can be installed in five days and can be moved and relocated easily according to your requirements,” said Kumar.
The latest announcemnet comes after a Muscat Municipality study in which plans to introduce surface, multi-storey parking spaces and automated car parks were explored to relieve parking congestion in several parts of the city.
“We understand the problems that drivers, especially those who commute every day, are facing. The Municipality is making every effort to provide better services to both citizens and tourists,” Al Tayeb Mohammed Al Harthy, director of the Technical Studies Department at the Municipality told local media.