The ambitious centralised parking policy of mayor Arti Mehra has hit a roadblock.
The Bhure Lal Committee, appointed by the Supreme Court for formulating parking policy in the city, has written a letter to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) stating they cannot go ahead with the scheme without getting prior approval from the committee.
“We received a letter by the Bhure Lal Committee informing us no policy decision regarding parking can take place before consulting them. They got to know that we were coming up with a new centralised parking policy,” said a senior MCD official.
To make sure the much-hyped plan is not rejected by the committee, the MCD is planning to make a presentation in front of the Lt. Governor of Delhi.
“We will be making a presentation before the L-G and are planning to invite members of the committee so they can give their suggestions. We have made an elaborate plan and if necessary we will make certain amendments if the committee asks us to,” added the official.
The civic body was hoping to implement the centralised parking policy, that encompasses doing away with the current hourly parking charges and introducing a yearly payment for parking, at nearly 200 parking lots of the MCD.
Under the policy a by-cryptic smart card would be issued to people, which could be used for unlimited access to MCD’s parking lots. The civic agency, which gets a meagre Rs. 10 crore revenue from parking lots, was hoping to earn a whopping Rs 100 crore after adopting this scheme. Earlier the scheme was to be implemented by March 2009.