Illegal parking and fleecing car owners seems to be flourishing in north Delhi, with the corporation failing to issue tenders for 115 parking sites under its jurisdiction. The contracts of many of these parking sites expired two years ago.
Due to the delay in tenders, the corporation is facing losses worth several crores in parking zones located at Sadar Bazar, Jhandewalan, Karol Bagh, Inder Puri, Rajinder Nagar and ITO.
In a bid to keep the sites running, the corporation has extended the licences of the old contractors at old rates, which means that hand-held devices and demarcations for the plots are also not being done.
Officers of the corporation have blamed the executive wing for delaying the process. "We have been raising the subject in our meetings a number of times. However, no concrete steps have been taken to tender the parking sites. No reason has been given for the delay either," VP Pandey, deputy chairman of the standing committee said.
Since the old contracts did not have provisions for CCTVs or hand-held devices, manual tickets are being given and cars are being parked illegally on roads with no one to curb them.
Pandey pointed out the case of the Sukha Ped parking site near Mori Gate, where the contractor is allegedly running the parking on twice the amount of land allotted to him.
"On paper, half of the plot, currently being used for parking, is marked as encroached. The contractor was therefore given only the other half of the plot, but we recently received a complaint that says that the encroacher is none other than the contractor himself," he said.
Standing committee chairman Yogender Chandolia said that he had ordered for the tendering of the sites and soon the advertisements would be placed on the website.
A senior official said that the advertisements were supposed to be placed on Wednesday, but it got delayed. "Yes there has been delay because a new parking policy was being formulated. We are expecting the advertisements to be uploaded by this week," said the official.
Under the new policy, it will be mandatory for parking contractors to use hand-held devices and install CCTVs at the sites.