Parking your car may soon pinch you more than driving it around. The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) on Wednesday passed a proposal to increase parking rates in New Delhi areas that fall under its jurisdiction.
Till now, motorists had to shell out Rs.10 for the first two hours and Rs.10 more for every subsequent hour while the car was parked. From July, you will have to pay Rs. 20 for the first hour, Rs. 40 for two hours, Rs. 60 for three hours, Rs. 80 for four hours and Rs. 100 for five to ten hours.
Prominent areas under NDMC jurisdiction include Khan Market, Connaught Place, Sarojini Nagar, Bengali Market and India Gate. But the hike applies only to surface-level and underground parking lots, and not to multi-level lots. NDMC has two multi-level parking spaces — at Baba Kharak Singh Marg and Sarojini Nagar market.
According to NDMC sources, the civic agency has implemented the revised rates to promote their multi-level parking projects. The idea was first discussed during a special meeting chaired by the Delhi government chief secretary in October last year.
“People will only use multi-level parking lots when the tariff for surface-level parking is increased,” a source said.
The civic body has 54 parking sites under its jurisdiction, of which 13 were allotted on a Bhagidari basis to various institutions and government offices. The remaining 41 parking lots were divided into five groups, which have been allotted through tenders.
Parking rates in New Delhi areas were last revised in 2004.