After much delay, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has finally decided to engage consultants to identify parking sites along 2,183 notified commercial and mixed land use stretches under its jurisdiction.
As per the Delhi Master Plan (MPD) 2021, basic infrastructure like power, water and civic amenities like parking and
proper sewage system should be provided along the 2,183 notified stretches.
The MPD-2021 was notified in February 2007 and is under the review of the Supreme Court at present.
“Under the master plan, sites are to be identified for the development of parking spaces and pedestrian lanes,” said a senior MCD official.
“These parking sites are to come up along roads in Rohini, Najafgarh, Paharganj and Shahdara, among others. We are going to engage consultants to identify all 12 zones of MCD.”
The consultant will have to identify the sites within six months of starting work.
The Environmental Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA), appointed by the Supreme Court to monitor parking policies in the city, had earlier recommended reverting the status of these stretches to residential.
Sources in the MCD said the authority had said they would file an affidavit in Supreme Court as the agency had been unable to provide parking space for even a single road to date.
“The MCD had collected charges and providing parking space is their responsibility,” said Narendra Madaan, general secretary, Confederation of All India Traders.