To keep a tab on the parking mafia which has been fleecing people, the civic authorities are mulling issuing computerised receipts through the handheld machines and putting up paying meters.
The Delhi government has already started work in Lajpat Nagar market where paying meters will be set up to eliminate the need of parking attendants. Use of parking meters will also help in doing away with basic problems such as overcharging and parking more vehicles than the authorised limit.
MCD officials say if the experiment is successful they will implement it in their 293-odd parking lots.
“The maximum complaints that we get from motorists is related to overcharging and to address this problem we do want to start using the handheld machines so that parking attendants are not able to charge money at their own will. The Delhi government is working on such a project and after reviewing it we might also implement it depending on its feasibility,” said a senior MCD official.
Tampering with the parking receipt is another major problem through which parking contractors overcharge people. To ensure this does not take place, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) is in the process of starting a new system under which smart cards on the lines of Metro Smart cards will be issued to motorists to park their vehicles in Palika Parking. These smart cards can be recharged according to the requirements from single time parking to a monthly pass basis.