To ease parking woes in the Capital, more surface parking lots would soon be made operational by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). The civic agency had earlier invited bids from private contractors to operate parking sites in the city and has received tenders for 78 such sites.
Each of these sites would be able to accommodate 100 vehicles. These sites — located in various parts of the city — were earlier being run illegally by the parking mafia that would fleece motorists by overcharging them. The cash-strapped civic agency is also hoping to earn approximately Rs 9 crore per year as revenue from these sites.
The 78 sites are part of 108 illegal sites recently taken over by MCD, for which the Delhi Traffic Police had given No Objection Certificates for running them as authorised parking sites. MCD officials say new contracts mandate that contractors use hand-held electronic devices to issue parking slips, which mention car number and time of issue. “This will ensure that they cannot overcharge motorists,” said a senior MCD official.
This is the first time that a parking lot under MCD would make use of hand-held machines to issue parking slips.