The North Delhi Municipal Corporation has made it mandatory for its contractors to use handheld devices when charging for parking in its 107-odd lots.
The circular, issued on Monday, comes just days after Hindustan Times concluded its series on the parking problems plaguing the city. One of the problems the series had highlighted was overcharging by parking contractors.
ADC (RP Cell) Ravideep Singh Chahar told Hindustan Times: “The contractors have been given two weeks to procure the handheld devices. After that we will conduct checks. The idea is to bring all the parking lots under a standard mechanism so that we can keep an eye on all aspects of every parking lot,” Chahar said.
The civic body wants to keep a tab on the number of cars parked in every lot to curb illegal parking. The handheld device, apart from stopping overcharging, will provide data of the number of vehicles at a lot on a real-time basis. “We want to connect them to a central server, but this will take some time,” the official said.
The North Delhi Municipal Corporation has 116 parking sites, of which 107 are active. The civic body has done a survey for 100 other potential sites, of which 25 have been sent for traffic clearance. It has four multilevel parking sites.
There have been complaints of parking attendants charging R20 instead of the approved rate of R10 for 10 hours. The problem is mostly prevalent in areas under the north and south corporations.
KM Mathur, a resident of Naraina Vihar, said, “Recently we found parking attendants charging R20 everywhere around Naraina Industrial area market. They were even charging for parking on side lanes, let alone the designated parking space. If one argued, they don’t pursue but many end up paying them.”