Delhi Metro's parking lots were emptier on Friday after a steep increase in parking charges announced last month was made effective.
The hike in the charges, announced on February 8, was so steep that some preferred to drive all the way to their destinations and not travel on the Metro.
"I will not save much anymore by parking my car at the Metro station and so will drive all the way to work," Sunit Goyel, who till Thursday parked his car at the Mayur Vihar Phase I Metro station to go to his office at Karol Bagh, said.
Car owners will be required now to pay almost two times of what they were paying at the 95 parking lots owned by the Delhi Metro. The charges for two-wheelers have risen similarly.
Monthly night charges have been revised from Rs 300 to Rs 475 for two- and three-wheelers and Rs 635 to Rs 1,000 for cars.
The hike was a definite turn-off for those who use the parking spaces, people manning the sites said. "There is a drop of at least 30% in the number of vehicles here. Till the afternoon, we issued about 70 parking slips. We were issuing an average of 150 such slips till this time on Thursday," said Rakesh Kumar, an attendant at the Pragati Maidan Metro station parking lot. He said such abrupt hikes in parking charges were unjustified.
Delhi Metro officials had claimed the hike was in consonance with that of civic agencies in the city.