Next time you go shopping in the south Delhi and decide to park your car in front of the shop rather than at a designated parking some walking steps away, be ready to pay more.
The south Delhi municipal corporation (SDMC) has proposed that people shopping their cars near the shops will have to shell out more money for parking than at the designated parking for the shopping area. The proposal will be brought before the standing committee for ratification by the remunerative project cell of SDMC.If okayed, it will affect shoppers at markets such as Greater Kailash, South Extension, Defence Colony and Lajpat Nagar. These markets have parking space near shops and there is a designated parking site at the entrance of the market as well. If approved, the new rules will come into effect after Diwali.
"If shoppers are not even willing to walk from the parking site to the shops, then they ought to pay more money. Parking in front of the shops is a luxury and should be treated as such," said Ashish Sood, chairman of the remunerative project (RP) cell which guides the parking policies. The proposal has come up after taking a cue from the suggestions made by the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) which has said that surface parking should be made more expensive than the multi-level parking built near the market places.
Taking a step ahead, the corporation has proposed to create two slabs even in the surface parking charges. The rates are yet to be finalised.
According to parking data released by the corporation, contracts of 38 out of the 74 parking sites with the municipal body have either expired or are about to expire. Once approved, the clause will be introduced in the new parking policy that will govern the new contracts.
The other suggestions include installation of CCTVs at parking sites and use of hand-held devices to give out printouts of the parking slips.
Signboards highlighting the name of the contractor and the space given to him will also be put up. The corporation is also in the process of building multi-level parking near some markets such as Defence Colony and South Extension. In order to promote their use, the rates at these parking sites will be kept lower than the ones that will be imposed on surface parking.