If you thought buying a diesel car could be your answer to the recent petrol price hike, then South Delhi Municipal Council’s (SDMC) latest proposal may make you reconsider your decision.
The proposal entails a massive rise in the one-time night parking charges, also known as surface parking charges, that are levied at the time of car registration.Though the new rates are yet to be finalised, sources said those planning to buy diesel cars priced between Rs 4 lakh and Rs 10 lakh will have to shell out about Rs 20,000 as surface parking charges against the current Rs 12,000.
And if you have so far paid Rs 20,000 as surface charges for your luxury SUV or a diesel Sedan, after the proposal comes into effect you might have to shell out around R50,000 for a new car priced at more than Rs 10 lakh.
The proposal will be sent to the Standing Committee of the SDMC for approval.
Not only this. The other two corporations — East and North — are also expected to follow into the SDMC’s footsteps.
The decision to hike rates was taken in a meeting held by the Mayor of SDMC with the commissioner, the leader of the House, chairman of the standing committee and the head of the departments.
“We do not want to impose any new taxes on the already burdened common man. Since the sale of diesel cars has surpassed that of petrol, the corporation has proposed to increase surface parking charges to increase its revenues,” said a senior official of SDMC.
The civic body also wants to dissuade people from using cars as the city already lacks adequate parking. The cash-rich corporation hopes the decision would make it wealthier by a few hundred crores.
But many councillors say the decision can backfire and may in fact lead to loss of revenue. “Instead of increased revenue, we may end up losing it. People will buy cars from Haryana,” said a senior SDMC councillor, requesting anonymity.