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Ghaziabad proposes to register cars only if owner has parking lot

The Ghaziabad regional transport department has prepared a proposal aimed at checking parking of private vehicles along roads and in public places.

noida Updated: Jul 06, 2016 13:34 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
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The move is aimed at removing congestion in the city’s residential areas due to parking on roadsides and in public spaces. (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

The Ghaziabad regional transport department has prepared a proposal aimed at checking parking of private vehicles along roads and in public places. Under the proposal, during registration of private cars, owners will have to submit an affidavit and a map indicating that they have a place to park the vehicle.

Officials said they have been receiving complaints from public about the increasing space crunch in residential localities.

“The proposal will be placed in the regional transport authority’s forthcoming meeting. We have proposed that the condition be levied on private cars and have decided to exempt two-wheelers. Owners registering new vehicles are proposed to furnish an affidavit and a map of parking space available with them. The space could be their own property or a rented one,” said Mayank Jyoti, regional transport officer.

“The affidavit would mean that the vehicle owners have a parking space available and will not be using public places or roadsides for parking their vehicles. The proposal is made to curb the menace of vehicular parking along roads,” he added.

He said the arrangement, once cleared, would be applicable for new cars registered at Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar, Hapur and Bulandshahr districts.

The regional transport authority had cleared a similar proposal in December 2015 for commercial vehicles. Since then, commercial vehicle owners have been submitting parking area maps and affidavits claiming availability of a parking space of their own.

However, similar moves for private vehicles have met with severe opposition from residents. Recently, the Ghaziabad municipal corporation had proposed a penalty for owners of cars and two-wheelers found parked in public places or corporation roads under their ‘encroachment by-laws’. However, during a recent executive committee meeting, the move met with severe opposition and the two categories were exempted from the by-laws.

As per regional transport department records, Ghaziabad has nearly 7,94,511 registered vehicles, including 1,67,449 cars and 5,64,364 two-wheelers. On an average, nearly 1,400-1,500 cars are registered with the transport department on a monthly basis.

“Vehicle owners should also realise that the proposal is the need of the hour as space, particularly inside residential areas, is reducing day by day with the growing number of vehicles. However, the entire exercise would be futile if there is no verification of the parking space and map submitted by vehicle owners. Even the enforcement should be effective,” said Alok Kumar from Federation of apartment owners’ association, (FAOA), Indirapuram.

However, Jyoti said, “We have planned that we will also rope in other departments like municipal corporation, local police stations and even the traffic police for effective enforcement. The proposal is aimed at providing relief to crunched road spaces and every vehicle owner should arrange for parking of his/her own vehicle.”

First Published: Jul 06, 2016 01:22 IST