The New Year is all set to usher in hassle-free entry at the Palika parking lot in Connaught Place. Those who need to park their vehicles will be given a pre-paid card that can be swiped at the gates for entry and exit. Depending on the hours of usage, the users will be charged.
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has installed electronic parking guidance and management system under which drivers will be guided to exact spots that are vacant.
Regular users will be given swipe cards instead of tokens that will have to be recharged on a monthly basis. The move will also reduce waiting time.
"Large number of office-goers and shopkeepers park their vehicles at the Palika parking lot. For them, a special card on the lines of Metro cards will be issued. The card will also register the number of the car and feed it into the system for security reasons," said a senior NDMC official.
Under this system installed by a private firm, signages have been placed all over the parking place directing motorists to a vacant spot. "Presently, there is no system and all vehicles are parked at the individual's discretion, leading to chaos at many places in the parking area. As a result, people are discouraged from using the Palika parking site," added the official
The project was expected to be ready before the Commonwealth Games, but it got delayed by a few months.
Under the new system, a special detector has been installed at every parking slot that is numbered and the detector will analyse whether a particular spot is vacant. Based on the information, the main computer will provide information on a board installed outside the parking lot.
The board will also display how many slots on which levels are vacant. Once a vehicle is driven inside, there will be electronic boards to signal the location of the empty slots.
Under the new system, cameras installed at the parking site would capture an image of the cars parked at the parking lot for security reasons. "This will help prevent car thefts and also help maintain security," added the official.
The Palika parking lot has three levels and can accommodate 1,050 cars and 500 scooters. NDMC is planning to use this system at Shivaji and Talkatora parking sites. The civic body will man the operations. The project has been completed at a cost of R3 crore.
"The staff that will handle the system are undergoing a training process for manning the equipment. Once we get our task force trained, the new system will be functional by the first week of January," he said.