Daily metro passengers are not the only ones who use the parking facility at metro stations. The lack of parking space at various residential and commercial areas in the neighbourhood also brings people to come and park their cars in metro parking lots at subsidised rates.
To prevent such “illegal parking”, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has decided to make parking rules stringent at its parking lots. Very soon, only regular metro users, with a monthly average of about 20 metro trips, will be allowed to park their vehicles at subsidised rates at metro parking lots.
The DMRC will start a pilot project from Delhi Vishwavidyalaya metro station by the end of April this year.
“While issuing the monthly pass, we will analyse last three month’s usage of the metro smart card. Only those passengers who are found travelling in the metro about 20-days a month will be issued subsidised parking passes,” DMRC spokesperson Anuj Dayal said.
While parking charges at a metro’s parking lot for four-wheelers is Rs 10 for 10 hours, monthly parking charges at metro stations varies between Rs 175, Rs 225 and Rs 500 (for 24-hours) at different metro stations depending on their location. No such subsidy on monthly parking pass is available at parking lots run by the MCD and the NDMC.
“We have observed that only 60 per cent people buying monthly parking pass are genuine metro users. The remaining people are those who either live or work in areas where parking is a major problem,” the DMRC spokesperson said.
Out of the 67 metro stations operational so far, 47 stations offer parking facility. Indraprastha, Keshav Puram, Rohini West, Janakpuri West, Dilshad Garden, Shahdara and Welcome are some metro stations where the number of non-metro users availing subsidised parking is very high.
“People are so smart they buy a metro smart card and get monthly parking passes issued on its basis. Ultimately, it is the regular metro users who suffer due to lack of adequate parking space,” he said.
DMRC officials said they would replicate the project of analysing smart card usage if the Vishwavidyalaya metro station project succeeds.