THE nightmare of car parking in Lusaka’s Central Business District (CBD) has drastically reduced business in the commercial capital, some business people have observed.
According to Rashid Salim who owns a shop in Cha Cha Cha road, businesses have been affected by lack of parking.
Mr. Salim noted that streets were clogged with vehicles, lamenting that it was difficult for his customers to find parking space.
“I have problems of parking myself and yet I have to open my shop by 08:00hrs; where will my customers park? They definitely don’t have to stress about parking or else they will go somewhere else,” Mr. Salim said.
Another businessman, Mwamba Mwila, complained of how lack of parking space around his shop in Freedom Way had negatively affected his business.
“Business is becoming so hard for us because of the parking space, you will find that a customer would like to buy something from my shop, but because there is nowhere to park, they decide to drive away,” he said.
And one of city dwellers Nicholas Ndhlovu attributed the current situation regarding parking spaces in the city to poor planning by the local authority.
Mr. Ndhlovu said the council could have planned for construction of underground parking as was the case in many African cities.
“It might be expensive to build underground parking, but it’s a worthwhile investment,” he said.
He suggested that Lusaka City Council should roll out a parking fee policy that would be time-specific, saying that the longer one parked, the more one would pay for the space.