In a major decision on Friday, the regional transport authority (RTA) cleared a proposal put forward by the regional transport department that will make it necessary for citizens to submit a map of parking space available with them for new vehicles and an affidavit to this effect. The proposal was put forward to decongest the city’s roads and residential areas in face of growing on-street parking.
Officials said they will implement the decision soon in all Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar, Hapur and Bulandshahr districts after the finalised minutes of the RTA meeting arrive. They added that residents will have to submit the documents about parking space availability, whether of their own or a rented premises, even if they reside in a house in a plotted development or a group housing scheme.
“The decision will be applicable for all private vehicles, including cars and two wheelers. Those registering new vehicles will have to submit a self-attested map and a notarised affidavit before registration. It is the responsibility of the resident to get a parking space for his vehicle and spare roads and public spaces. Our intention is to minimise congestion,” said Mayank Jyoti, regional transport officer.
However, officials were tight lipped about enforcement and verification of the parking space claimed by a vehicle owner.
“Enforcement and verification will be assigned to a maintenance agency like the municipal corporation. On our part, we don’t have sufficient staff to carry out verification or enforcement,” he added.
However, in their recent executive committee and board meeting, the Ghaziabad municipal corporation had decided to leave two-wheelers, cars and commercial vehicles out of the ambit of their ‘encroachment by-laws’ when it came to on-street parking.
In May 2015, a similar decision as that of the RTA was taken by a division bench of the Himachal Pradesh high court over the issue of rising encroachment in Shimla municipal area.
The high court, among 22 of its directions, said that “henceforth no new vehicle which is intended to be plied primarily within Shimla Municipal area will not be registered in the State unless the intending purchaser produces a certificate from the Collector, Shimla that he has a parking space and the said certificate shall be issued only after a report to this effect that too after physical inspection and verification is issued by the SHO of the Police Station in whose jurisdiction the area falls (sic).”
Administrative officials from Shimla said that the decision was implemented to decongest the city as it is a major tourist destination.
“The number of registrations has gone down overall and now people are registering out of Shimla municipal limits. The effectiveness is also due to the fact that a proper verification about parking space available is made beforehand,” said Hemis Negi, sub divisional magistrate, Shimla (urban).
In Ghaziabad, the RTA had in December 2015 cleared a similar proposal for new commercial vehicles that is already being followed. It had directed that the decision should be communicated to police chiefs and superintendents of police (traffic) of all districts under the transport region.