Fearing backlash, MCD panel defers parking charge decision

NEW DELHI NOV. 13. Fearing a public backlash and strong opposition from the Councillors, the Standing Committee of Municipal Corporation of Delhi today deferred any decision on the proposal to impose a parking charge on new private vehicles and all commercial vehicles of the Capital.

The Standing Committee, at its meeting held here today, also referred back the proposal of the MCD's Health Department to levy an entry fee of Rs. 10 on visitors of patients in major hospitals of the civic body after the Councillors strongly objected to it.

While the objective behind the proposal for levying parking charges on vehicles was to generate about Rs. 120 crores as revenue for the MCD, the proposal for entry fee in hospitals was aimed at "preventing over-crowding'' of relatives and friends of patients which raised the risk of their cross infection.

As per the proposal, private vehicles including scooter and motorcycles and four wheelers were to pay one-time parking charge of Rs. 500 and 300 respectively to MCD. Commercial vehicles were to pay the parking charges per annum: autorickshaws (Rs. 1,000), taxis (Rs. 1,500), buses (Rs. 5,000), RTVs (Rs. 1,000) and goods vehicles (Rs. 3,500).

On the visitor's fee, the Councillors said that a majority of the people who visited the MCD hospitals were poor and not in a condition to pay Rs. 10 as entry fee.

Instead, the Councillors argued that the Health Department should strengthen its hospital administration and tighten security to ensure that there was no overcrowding of people.

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