Finding space to park your car in the city is nothing short of a feat and it would very soon be a Herculean task.
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), responsible for manning parking lots in the city, have finalised the number of authorised parking lots in the city, in a meeting on Saturday.
The number has come down to 200 from 800 (both authorised and unauthorised parking lots).
Also, to “deter people from parking at unauthorised places”, the present challan of Rs 100 is being increased to Rs 500 for first offence. Motorists will have to shell out Rs 1,000 and 1,500 for subsequent violations.
The Environmental Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA), which was been appointed by the Supreme Court to monitor parking policies in the city, has given a nod to the decision.
A total of 145-150 such parking lots are in the jurisdiction of the MCD and 53 are in NDMC area.
Though civic agencies have said the decision has been taken to encourage people to use public transport, residents fear that this will only worsen the already messy parking problem in the city.
Sunita Narain, an EPCA member, said, “We have received a letter from the joint secretary of Road Transport and Highway informing us that an amendment is being made in the present Central Motor Vehicles Act for increasing the penalty. A move is being initiated to clear amendments in the ongoing session of the Parliament.”
She added that both the civic bodies have agreed to the final list approved by the ECA. While the surface parking space has been reduced, both MCD and NDMC are yet to start work on the proposed 14 multi-level parking lots.
“Earlier the parking lot used to cater to approximately 80,000 vehicles, but due to reduction in number, now we would have space for just 20,000 vehicles. But then the idea is to encourage use of public transport,” said a senior MCD official.
The official said there are approximately 100 parking lots whose contracts are expiring in September.
Their contracts would not be renewed, he said.