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Starting this month, order in parking lots

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) would introduce lane parking from this month, reports Vibha Sharma.

india Updated: Nov 12, 2006 06:26 IST

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) would introduce lane parking from this month to discipline erring parking contractors.

The project, being planned along with the Corporation's Engineering Wing, is likely to come into effect from November 15 and would be enforced in 110 parking lots of the MCD. Under this, the MCD would physically demarcate parking lanes depending on the area allotted to each contractor.

"Contractors encroach beyond the allotted space by parking vehicles on pavements and service lanes. This causes inconvenience to pedestrians and other motorists," said MCD Director (Remunerative Projects Cell) Amiya Chandra.

Once the Engineering Department identifies lanes in each parking site, the contractors would not be allowed to overstep the demarcated area. Those found crossing the line would be penalised.

"We have already made a commitment before the Supreme Court to enforce lane parking at all our parking lots. Once the demarcation is clear, people can also register complaints in case they notice spillovers," said MCD Director (Remunerative Projects Cell) Amiya Chandra.

MCD Engineer-in-Chief Ravi Dass said the demarcation would be completed by November 15. "Once the lanes are in place, we would also have an indication of the capacity of each parking lot and the number of vehicles actually stationed there," he said.

The RP Cell is also planning to hire experts from the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) to draw up detailed maps of the parking lots that would not only indicate the lanes, but also the capacity of each parking lot in the form of equivalent car space (ECS).

Although parking contractors are required to put up signboards displaying the area allotted to them, this rule is rarely followed. "Also, the present set of maps are vague — the allotted area is indicated in parameters like from x-colony market to y-traffic intersection. They don't indicate the lanes allowed or the parking capacity," said a senior MCD official.

"Once the maps by SPA are ready, these would be uploaded on the MCD website for general information," said Chandra.

Email Vibha Sharma: vibha@hindustantimes.com