Increasing parking fees to discourage use of private vehicles, imposing congestion tax and steep hike in penalty for parking violations by 10 times the normal rates -- these are some of the key recommendations by a central panel to decongest the national capital.
The high-powered committee set up by Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu, in its 126-page report, said parking fee must be based on the area of the city, duration of parking and size of the vehicle. It also sought making parking on footpaths a cognisable offence under the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, an official release said.
The inter-ministerial committee on ‘Decongestion of Traffic in Delhi’ was set up in 2014 following media reports on the havoc caused by traffic congestion in the national capital.
Headed by urban development ministry secretary Rajiv Gauba, it has representatives from 19 different ministries, Delhi Police, among others.
While the Delhi government has scrapped the controversial Bus rapid transit (BRT), the panel has recommended that more such corridors should be set up. It said 6,000 buses be procured for public transport and land bus fares to be priced less than per/km cost of running a two wheeler.
“The Committee concluded that the explosive growth in automobile population needs to be checked quickly by adopting a ‘carrot and stick’ policy of enabling increased use of public and non-motorised transport and disincentivising use of private vehicles through deterrent parking pricing and congestion tax,” it said.
Among the slew of measures favoured by the panel include interventions worth Rs 20,000 crore through BRTS, creating walking, cycling infrastructure and mandatory provision of footpaths on all roads, among others.
The panel opposed construction of flyovers and signal-free corridors as it alleged that they invited more private vehicles on the roads, the release said.