Three days of back-to-back coverage on parking problems has shaken the authorities out of their slumber. Confronted with clinching evidence of numerous illegal parking lots mushrooming across the Capital after Hindustan Times reported on the same, the traffic police have formed special teams to crack down on unauthorised and overcharging parking lots in the city.
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), too, has asked its enforcement department to send teams to take action against those found overcharging or are illegal and submit a report to the commissioner.
While the Delhi police initiated criminal proceedings against three such operations, the civic body has vowed to cancel contracts of those found violating norms."We sent five People's Redress of Grievances (PRG) teams to preset locations and registered criminal cases at three parking lots in RK Puram, Karol Bagh and Janakpuri," said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
The criminal action comes on the heels of a city-wide survey, which aims at ascertaining the number of legal and illegal parking lots operating in the city, initiated by the traffic police on Tuesday.
Posing as civilians driving privately-owned vehicles, traffic police officers used three parking lots each at Bhikaji Cama Place, Arya Samaj Road and Janakpuri.
"While at Bhikaji Cama Place the officer was charged Rs 20 instead of Rs 10 to park his car, an inspector was overcharged for parking his bike at Arya Samaj Road and another was charged more than double the parking rate for a two-wheeler at Janakpuri District Centre," said a senior traffic police officer.
Police said cheating cases were registered at local police stations in relation to all three incidents and a parking attendant had been arrested at Bhikaji Cama Place. With this, the Delhi police have initiated criminal proceedings against seven such operations since December 2010.
"The criminal proceedings are in line with a new drive to crack down on such operations in the city. This is just the first installment of the drive. The results of the informal survey will be available by Monday," Garg added.
According to MCD officials, parking contracts of a number of contractors who have been violating parking norms will be cancelled. Also, penalty will be imposed on them.
"We have also asked all parking contractors in the city to furnish documentary proof of the board which has information about the parking rates to us. We will then inspect whether this is actually happening," said a senior MCD official.