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The popular fast food joint in East of Kailash has rows of cars were parked in front of it on the main road. The attendant is busy issuing slips to the motorists. HT reports.

delhi Updated: Apr 22, 2011 00:39 IST

East of Kailash, near sapna cinema

The popular fast food joint in East of Kailash has rows of cars were parked in front of it on the main road. The attendant is busy issuing slips to the motorists. But nobody has noticed that the authorised parking lot is located behind the fast food joint and the parking contractor, very conveniently, has easily grabbed the land in front of the eating joint.

And to ensure that the lot appears to be a legal one, the contractor has also put up a board saying 'MCD authorised parking lot'. He has taken over half the carriageway, hampering the flow of traffic in and around the area. When HT asked the attendant about the vehicles being parked on the road, he said they had all the required permissions.

“Due to this illegal parking, the entire area is plagued with traffic jams. The parking contractor claims he has all the requisite permission. How can the MCD issue him permission to park cars on the roads? said Sapna Verma, a resident of East of Kailash. Neelam Pandey reports.

Greater Kailash I

Though the parking lot in Greater Kailash-I is legal, it looks like an illegal one. The passage meant to be used to enter the lot has also been crammed with vehicles. The parking contractor lot has quietly, over a period of time, taken over the land surrounding the lot and is using it to park vehicles illegally.

This is adding to the chaos in the market and has also become nuisance for the residents of the area. Most of the people who parked their cars in the passage were not even aware that it was not a part of the legal parking lot.

“The moment I entered the lane, a parking attendant stopped me and handed me a receipt. He asked me to park the vehicle on the roadside of the service lane itself. When I asked if it was safe, he assured me that it was a legal parking lot," said Ajay Sinha who had come to the market.

The MCD said it will carry out a survey to look into any violations by the contractor. Neelam Pandey reports.

Galleria Market Parking Lots, DLF City

Three parkings that can take up to 1,000 vehicles-and all three on vacant plots. Each of the three says it is an authorised parking space, though without naming any agency. This is the scenario in the Galleria market in DLF City.

These plots of land are owned by individuals who live elsewhere and would most probably not know that their plots are being used as parking lots.

The parking slip issued by the owner reads, “Authorised Parking Ticket”. He charges R10 for the first four hours for 2-wheelers and R30 for a car. What is interesting is that the parking also has a board that reads “Parking at Owners’ Risk”.

“When I parked my car in the service lane near Galleria Market on Monday, an attendant handed me a parking ticket. When asked, he replied it was an authorised parking lot. When I asked about the name of the authorising agency, he drew a blank,” said Sajjan Singh, a resident of DLF City. Sanjeev Ahuja reports.

Gateway Tower Parking, DLF Cybercity

Located at Shankar Chowk, right under the DLF Gateway Tower and just off the Gurgaon Expressway, this parking lot can accommodate about 200 cars and two-wheelers. A major portion of this parking lot covers the green belt along the Gurgaon expressway. And neither NHAI nor HUDA have ever interfered or asked the parking lot owner to remove the vehicles from the green patch.

The parking slip says that it is an “Authorised Parking Ticket” though there’s a board that says “Parking at Owners’ Risk”.

“The moment I parked my motorcycle to fetch a bottle of beer, pat came a parking attendant who asked me park my bike in the lot or else a crane would tow away the vehicle. I had no choice,” Deepak Sharma, an executive, said.

Nitin Yadav, HUDA administrator, said, “The area is a released land (not acquired) and its ownership doesn’t lie with HUDA. We leave land unused only for the green belt—not for the encroachment, and not at least in prime areas.”Sanjeev Ahuja reports.