Parking lots in the city will not allow violators of the odd-even rule to park, the Delhi government ordered on Wednesday.
The transport department issued orders prohibiting the parking of non-transport four-wheeler (motor cars, etc.) whose registration numbers end in odd digits on even dates and even number non-transport four wheeled vehicles on odd days.
The decision was taken in a meeting of all departments’ officials chaired by Delhi’s transport minister Gopal Rai on Wednesday.
According to a senior official, if parking agencies are found flouting government’s directives, strict action will be taken against them.
The Delhi government has issued guidelines that direct DDA, NDMC, North MCD, South MCD, East MCD, PWD, DMRC, CEO Delhi Cantonment, Divisional Commissioner (with a request to apprise all DMs/SDMs), Special Commissioner (Traffic), Special Commissioner (Enforcement) of the transport department, Special Commissioner (Planning) transport department and Joint Commissioner (Operations) Transport Department to make sure the order is followed.
“It is another deterrent for those who plan to violate the odd-even restrictions. As per the order, entry and exit of violators should be forbidden. The cars that are in the parking lot already can remain in the parking area,” the Delhi government spokesperson said.
The timing restrictions for parking lots will be the same as those for the odd-even restriction - that is between 8 am and 8 pm.
The government also announced that all civil defence volunteers and enforcement teams will conduct a trial run of the odd-even restriction on Thursday. The movement of cars will not be restricted but all those who are supposed to be on the ground during the 15-day period will do so on Thursday between 9 am and 11 am.
According to government officials, the volunteers are expected to speak to car drivers at traffic signals and ask them to participate in the odd-even plan on Thursday during the trial run. They will not stop or flag down anyone on the roads. Anyone found taking the law in their own hands will be penalised.
At present, there are nearly 250 authorised parking lots under the three municipal corporations across the city, besides those being run by the New Delhi Municipal Council.