For Vinod Kumar and his wife, their visit to the India International Trade Fair was nothing less than a shock. They had to dish out more money on parking their vehicle than for their own entry tickets.
While an entry ticket for an adult at the trade fair is Rs 40, one has to dish out Rs 100 to park their car.
For a scooter, the parking rate is Rs 40.
"This is surprising. I am paying as much for the entry ticket as I am for the car parking. Even bike owners are paying double this time around," said Yogesh Khanna, a college student who visited the trade fair on Sunday.
"I had no idea that the parking charges were so high this year. I was forced to park here as I had already got the car. They should have publicised the rates to avoid confusion," said Siddhartha Pandey, an MNC employee, who visited the fair on Saturday.
Last year, the rates for car parking and bike parking were Rs 50 per car and Rs 20 per bike respectively.
But those using bicycles to come to the trade fair will have to pay only Rs 2.
"We want to discourage the use of personal vehicles otherwise traffic gets out of control. Hence the steep charge. We want to encourage the use of Metro," said SH Khan, senior general manager, India Trade Promotion Organisation.
Parking rates weren't hiked at just the Bhairon Road parking lot. At the Pragati Maidan Metro Station as well the parking rates have gone up to Rs 75 for a car and Rs 25 per two wheeler.
"It is a practice followed every year during the trade fair to maintain parity with the nearby parking lots and avoid chaos at our lots," said a DMRC spokesperson.