The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has decided to increase parking rates by 100% in an effort to take on belligerent contractors and encourage the use of public transport.
The SDMC standing committee chairman, Rajesh Gehlot, said in his budget speech on Wednesday that owners of four-wheelers must pay R20 as parking fee for the first three hours and R10 for every subsequent hour. Two-wheeler owners have to shell out Rs. 10 for the first three hours and Rs. 5 for every subsequent hour. The parking rate now for cars is Rs. 10 for the first 10 hours and Rs. 20 for 24 hours."Parking rates have not been revised for a long time. This hike is a step in regularising parking contractors who charge Rs. 20 from drivers. They are pocketing Rs. 10, causing losses to the SDMC. The hike will encourage more people to use public transport," said Gehlot.
Municipal commissioner Manish Gupta had suggested in December that parking rates be charged hourly. For parking a car in Category A areas for a half-hour, it was suggested that the owner pay R10; for the next half hour, R20; and for a period between one hour and three hours, R50. An additional R20 per hour must be charged for every hour hence, it was suggested.
Gehlot said the civic body was in the process of computerising parking systems by introducing hand-held devices that will show the exact charge.
“The slip will mention the charge as well as the time period and reduce chances of vehicle owners being fleeced,” he said. Gehlot said the three municipal corporations could meet soon to discuss uniform parking and property tax rates in the city to ensure that there was no confusion among residents.
Gehlot did not, however, announce a new parking project on Wednesday. He also made no mention of the 11 multi-level parking projects taken up under JNNURM scheme in 2008, none of which has been inaugurated yet. Even the parking lots which were ready and inaugurated are yet to be thrown open for public use. The Hauz Khas parking lot, inaugurated with much fanfare in February, is yet to become operational.