The Haryana government has formulated a policy enabling owners of vacant plots to turn them into parking lots.
The initiative holds significance in Gurgaon where parking spaces are at a premium and often a source of major hassle for drivers. Owing to lack of space, many residents are forced to park at unauthorised sites or on main roads despite fears of their vehicles being towed away by the Gurgaon Police or being stolen.
Kavita Jain, the minister for urban local bodies, said as per the policy parameters, the size of the vacant plot should not be less than 500 square metres and the owners would have to agree to paying a licence fee of Rs 100 per square metre per year for permission to turn the lands into parking lots.
Jain added that the parking charges for the vehicles would be decided by the municipality concerned and any person who desires to utilise his or her plot for providing parking space would have to submit an application to the commissioner or executive officer or secretary along with the revenue documents of the plot.
“Only surface parking would be allowed and the site should be levelled. No permanent construction would be allowed with the exception of washroom, ticket room or guard room of not more than 50 square feet each. The permission issued cannot be considered as sanction for the change of land use,” Jain said.
The license would be issued for one year and renewed each year on payment of the licence fee.
Also, the vacant plots cannot be the cause of any public inconvenience and if so, permission could even be revoked by the municipality without serving a prior notice.
The owner would have to ensure that no vehicle is parked on the road within the influence zone of the parking lots. The influence zone would be decided on the basis of the capacity of the parking lots. The owner of the plot would also have to put up a signboard regarding use of the site and display the parking rates.
The minister said that in case the owner of parking lot violates any parameter of the policy, the municipalities can issue notice and impose fine up to Rs 5,000. If the owner still continues to violate the policy parameters, the civic bodies will issue a second notice revoking permission for the plot to be used as a parking lot and the money accrued from parking fees or charges would also stand forfeited.
The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) had sent a proposal to the Urban Local Bodies (ULB) last year, whereby people could lease their vacant plot to the MCG for establishment of a parking lot. The proposal was rejected.