Parking management at boulevards and avenues over 20 meters wide will be provided through public-private partnerships by companies operating smart parking meters, announced the mayor of Casablanca (center).
Nabila Rmili, mayor of Casablanca, was the guest last Thursday at the Business Lunch of the Association for the Progress of Leaders. Objective: to enlighten the members of the APD on the challenges, the vision and the management strategy of the metropolis. The meeting was rich in revelations on subjects that concern the people of Casablanca. Insight.
Nabila Rmili focused on the city’s development plan, the major projects that drive Casablanca, particularly in terms of mobility and infrastructure, the major challenges it must meet to move towards the standards of smart cities… During the debate with the members of the APD, the mayor of the metropolis made some important announcements, in particular on themes such as water shortage, parking management and the problem of car guards, the phenomenon of stray dogs and heavy vehicle traffic.
Towards the reuse of wastewater in several sectors
Nabila Rmili announced that Lydec is in talks with specialized companies, including an Israeli one, for the recovery, treatment and reuse of wastewater in industry, agriculture, watering green spaces and other activities . Indeed, Casablanca is not immune to the danger of water shortage. Even if its reserves allow it to hold out until mid-2023, Lydec has already started rationing actions, in particular by reducing the pressure on the drinking water distribution network during time slots during the day. At the same time, the wastewater that the delegatee collects is certainly treated, but is quite simply discharged into the sea, whereas it constitutes a significant resource that can be used in several areas.
Parking in Casablanca: guards and parking meters will coexist according to rules
Regarding the major problem of parking and car guards, the mayor of Casablanca announced that a major overhaul will be started.
Parking management on boulevards and avenues over 20 meters wide will be provided through public-private partnerships by companies operating smart parking meters. These will make it possible to pay for fractions of an hour (15 minutes, 30 minutes, etc.) and the time-stamped parking spaces will be equipped with chips allowing motorists to be directed, via a mobile application, to free spaces. For boulevards less than 20 meters wide, parking management will be entrusted to private car attendants, on the basis of specifications. They must register with the city, be approved, have a caretaker’s card and respect a fee schedule set by the municipality.
250,000 stray dogs collected per year
Like Agadir and other cities, Casablanca suffers from the phenomenon of stray dogs with all the threats it represents. Nabila Rmili explains that despite the efforts of the Commune to deal with it, the phenomenon persists, because stray dogs arrive en masse from peri-urban or rural areas such as Had Soualem, Bouskoura… She assures that more than 250,000 stray dogs are picked up per year and that actions based on the TNR technique will be continued: catch the stray dog, sterilize and vaccinate it against rabies, then release it into its natural environment.
The heavy vehicle traffic ban order will be released soon
The problem of the circulation of heavy goods vehicles in the middle of the day in the metropolis, with all its consequences (traffic jams, accidents, etc.) is also of concern to the mayor of the city. In this sense, she announced that the decree prohibiting the circulation of heavy goods vehicles (vehicles over 3.5 tonnes) from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., long in the drawers, will soon be adopted. To offer solutions to the operators of the areas of activity at the origin of the circulation of these heavy goods vehicles, such as the commercial district of Derb Omar, the city intends to develop a logistics center on land located in the district of Ben M’ sik, enabling loading/unloading/distribution operations to be carried out in good conditions.
One kilometer of tram line costs 250 million DH
Nabil Belabed, CEO of the local development company Casa Transports, was present at the APD Business Lunch. He took stock of the transport infrastructure projects underway in the city, in particular the T3 and T4 lines of the Tramway and the high-level bus lines (BHNS). He revealed that the investment in 1 km of BHLS line costs 8 million DH against 250 million DH for 1 km of tram line. While a kilometer of metro line would cost 1 billion DH. In addition, the official specified that the city provides transport for more than 30 million travelers per year, all modes combined.