While Delhi’s vehicle count continues to increase at a trot, there is hardly any addition to the parking space. In fact, the number of parking slots will reduce by 40,000 in the coming months, as the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) and Delhi Traffic Police have objected to nearly 400 of the existing 800 parking sites in the city. The city’s multi-level parking projects are also yet to be completed.
The issue of parking space does not figure on any party’s electoral agenda. “Parties seem to be addressing every issue under the sun other than that of parking. It might be clubbed with the transport policy but parking is something that has to be addressed as it directly affects the people,” said PK Sarkar, head of Transport Planning, School of Planning and Architecture.
Ironically, political parties are ignoring the issue of parking at a time when 900 to 1,000 vehicles are registered everyday in the city, which already has approximately 58 lakh two wheelers and cars.