If the recent deduction in fuel costs called for a celebration, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) may play party pooper. In MCD Commissioner KS Mehra’s budget 2012-2013, the civic agency has proposed a three-fold hike in parking charges. The budget also proposes an increase in the one-time street charges paid at the time of a car’s registration.
Street charges, also known as night parking charges, are paid for the use of MCD roads for parking.
The present charge for four-wheelers for surface parking is Rs 10 for every 10 hours. The new proposal aims to increase it to Rs 30. Two wheelers will have to cough up R20 for every 10 hours instead of the present Rs 7. Similarly, monthly passes will similarly see a three-fold hike.
MCD has 255 parking sites in the city that can accommodate about 12,000 cars.
As for night charges, those planning to buy cars priced below R4 lakh will have to pay Rs 5,000 instead of the present Rs 2,000. Cars valued between Rs 4 lakh and Rs 10 lakh will have to shell out Rs 12,000 as night charges against the current R4,000. For luxury cars, costing more than Rs 10 lakh, buyers will have to pay Rs 20,000.
The cash-strapped civic agency has been desperately looking at ways of increasing its revenue and hopes to earn some extra money through this exercise. According to Mehra, they are also increasing parking charges to promote the usage of public transport.
Yet, even as the civic agency plans to increase parking charges, it has not been able to construct a single multi-level parking lot in the city till date. For the past seven years, it has been trying to construct 21 conventional multi-level, 15 automated multi-level and four stack parking lots but none of them are ready yet.