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Smart cards to curtail fleecing by contractors

To tackle the parking mafia that has been fleecing the city's motorists since long, the south corporation is now planning to introduce pre-paid smart parking cards on the lines of Delhi Metro's More card. The More card provides inter-operability facility between the Metro and 10 feeder buses. Hamari Jamatia reports.

delhi Updated: Aug 20, 2012 00:18 IST
Hamari Jamatia

To tackle the parking mafia that has been fleecing the city's motorists since long, the south corporation is now planning to introduce pre-paid smart parking cards on the lines of Delhi Metro's More card. The More card provides inter-operability facility between the Metro and 10 feeder buses.

The contracts of about a dozen parking sites in south Delhi have expired recently and the corporation believes that they will be able to introduce the system of smart cards in the new parking contracts.

Ashish Sood, chairman, remunerative project (RP) cell of the south corporation, told HT that complaints of overcharging against parking contractors have been rising of late.

"The introduction of smart cards will be useful in streamlining the parking system. There will be a card reader at the entry and exits of the parking where the users can punch their cards. That way, the motorists will only pay the legal charges. These cards will be rechargeable," Sood said.

Not only do complaints of fleecing abound, but there are also those regarding contractors allowing vehicle-owners to park their cars in no-parking zones or areas not earmarked for parking. Another major problem is that the contractors end up parking so many cars in the space that it disrupts the traffic on busy roads.

But if the pilot project becomes successful, it will be introduced in all parking lots including surface parkings, underground and multi-level car parking lots falling under the south corporation's jurisdiction. This move is also likely to generate more revenue for the corporation as it will now have a record of the number of motorists that use its parking facilities.

The project has already been discussed in a meeting that was held recently to devise ways to tackle the parking mafia.

"In the wake of recent terror attacks, parking lots are now a vulnerable target. Therefore, automation of parking lots will also help the corporation foil any such attack," Sood further added.