Finding space to park your car near the India International Centre (IIC) may soon become even more troublesome. As the IIC does not have enough parking space for all the cars visiting the building, the visitors are left with no option but to park their vehicles on the pavement meant for pedestrians.
Therefore, the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Control Authority (EPCA) has written to the NDMC to ban it.
The Chairman of the committee, Bhure Lal, has written to the NDMC and Delhi Traffic Police twice in the past asking not to allow cars to be parked on the pavement.
“I have written to NDMC and Traffic Police asking them on what basis have they allowed such parking. So far, nothing has been done to curb it except for the removal of parking signs,” said Lal.
The issue came to the fore after the NDMC put up parking signs at the road three months ago. Noting that pavements cannot be used for parking, the committee got the signs removed. IIC officials, however, say that cars parked outside their campus is not their responsibility but that of the NDMC’s and the Traffic Police’s.
According to the committee, the parking of double rows on either side of the road causes pedestrians to walk on the main road, exposing them to moving traffic which causes traffic jams.
“We have directed our guards to advice the visitors not to park their vehicles on the pavement. It was the NDMC who first put up parking signboards on the road a few months back and then later on removed them,” said Arun Poddar, chief of maintenance, IIC.
He added that the pavement away from the road, the lane that leads to Lodhi Garden gate-3, is a joint property of Ford foundation and the IIC.