Aims to discourage parking on roads, use of private vehicles

The Capital looks all set to have a new parking policy meant to regulate parking on the roads while placing a restraint on use of public space by private vehicles, thus creating an incentive to use public transport.

A series of suggestions made at a meeting called by Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna on Thursday to address the city’s parking woes include revision of parking fees to make parking on roads more expensive than parking at street-level, or in underground and multi-storey parking lots.

Interestingly, another suggestion pertained to levy of higher parking fees in all commercial areas and upscale residential localities. The residential localities comprising housing colonies, DDA flats, and plotted communities were classified into three categories with the upscale localities to be charged the highest.

A presentation on behalf of the Environmental Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority (EPCA) was made by its Chairman Bhure Lal and Sunita Narain of the Centre for Science & Environment. “Across the world, parking is best managed by ensuring that parking space is restricted and strictly regulated. Therefore, parking is not about creating more space for cars, but limiting it, so that it encourages people to shift to other forms of transportation or pick-ride systems,” Ms. Narain said.

An official who attended the meeting said the recommendation to charge parking on city roads at a higher rate was made considering how congested they were because of motorists’ preference to park vehicles on roads even when authorised parking space was available nearby.

Another suggestion was to do away with or transfer to some other agency the Rs.12,000 registration fee levied by the Delhi Government for each new vehicle to develop parking facilities. Currently this amount is transferred to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi but with parking facilities allegedly not improving under the MCD stewardship, one suggestion at the meeting was to put another agency in charge of developing parking infrastructure. The other suggestion was to do away with this levy and instead charge vehicles parking fees on hourly basis.

Ms. Narain said the L-G directed the DDA to provide land for cluster bus services which are presently being held up because of non-availability of land. The L-G also directed that taxis, auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws not be charged parking fees.

The DDA has been directed to provide land to ensure adequate parking facilities for these para-transport facilities.

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