Lack of vigil led to rise of parking mafia
Constant complaints pouring in from all corners of the city about unruly behaviour of parking attendants and the parking mafia has finally forced the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to do away with the present private contract system.delhi Updated: Apr 06, 2010 23:45 IST
Constant complaints pouring in from all corners of the city about unruly behaviour of parking attendants and the parking mafia has finally forced the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to do away with the present private contract system.
The world over, parking lots are automated and mostly managed by private contractors.
In Delhi, poor monitoring of these parking lots by the MCD have resulted in the parking mafia-fleecing people and flouting several rules.
“The more automated the system is, the more efficient it becomes. The world over, the automated parking models are in use but this is not the case in Delhi,” said P.K. Sarkar, head of transport planning department, School of Planning and Architecture.
“In the absence of such a system, we are bound to get complaints of being overcharged or not adhering to the rules.”
While the present parking charges for a car are Rs. 10 for 12 hours and Rs. 7 for two wheelers, in many areas parking mafias charge as much as Rs. 25 from the public.
Not only this, there are a number of free parking sites which have also been taken over by the mafia.
“There have been many instances that the parking attendants have charged much more than the rate fixed by the MCD,” said Arnab Sen, a resident of C R Park.
The contractors are given a particular site from which they can operate but in many cases more land is encroached upon to park more cars.
“In a bid to park more vehicles, these parking contractors try to encroach upon more land that what is designated to them. Violation of such kind has become a norm, which is why a new system has to be in place,” said Ranjan Mukherjee, OSD to the Lt Governor.
The civic agency had itself recently admitted that there are a number of parking lots in the city, which are being run by the parking mafia who are making huge money out of it.
To crack down on unauthorised parking sites being run by the parking mafia allegedly in nexus with some traffic policemen and staff of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), the civic agency had also planned to legalise a
number of unauthorised parking sites.