Pre-booking to cashless payment: 6 south Delhi areas identified for new parking rules
The areas where new parking will be implemented include Kailash Colony, Bhikaji Cama Place, Lajpat Nagar, GK-I (M and N) block, Nehru Place and GK-II (M Block)delhi Updated: Dec 15, 2017 13:44 IST
Delhi’s first ‘Area Parking Plan’ has been drafted by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) under the upcoming ‘Delhi Maintenance and Management of Parking Rules, 2017’.
Pedestrianised roads, pre-booking of parking slots, cashless payment, dedicated lanes for emergency vehicles, special spots for parking of public vehicles and tough penalties for on-road parking are going to be some of the special features of the plan.
It has identified six areas that would be used as a case study for implementing the new parking rules. The areas include Kailash Colony, Bhikaji Cama Place, Lajpat Nagar, GK-I (M and N) block, Nehru Place and GK-II (M Block).
Under the new parking rules, civic agencies had to prepare area specific plans on parking. Sources said the parking rules file after being vetted by the law department has now been sent to the Lieutenant Governor.
Transport commissioner Vasha Joshi said that the SDMC is going to submit the Area Parking Plan to the special committee, which is reviewing the parking policy, in 12 days time.
“We are going to organise capacity building programmes with the civic agencies, RWAs and market association in early January. The area specific plan of SDMC will be taken up as a case study in these workshops,” Joshi said.
Following this, other civic agencies are likely to follow their zonal parking plans.
After a series of interactions with RWAs and market associations, the SDMC has chalked out its area parking plan. Hindustan Times highlights a few of its key features.
Paperless parking: No slip system
To end the illegal parking in neighbourhoods, the civic agency will digitise the entire system. All information related with the number of car-parking lots, total space available for vehicles, timing and fees will be made online. The information will be accessible through a mobile application.
“A person who is residing in Greater Kailash will be able to check the availability of parking space at Lajpat Nagar and book the parking slot in advance,” said a senior official of SDMC.
The parking attendants would be issued e-machines for collecting payments through smart cards (similar to DMRC smart cards) only. “We are even demarcating the exact number of slots for parking cars, two-wheelers and other vehicles in each area. For example, Lajpat Nagar has 650 slots and Bhikhaji Cama Place has total 1,000 slots for parking vehicles. This would help in checking illegal car parking on roads,” said Prem Shankar Jha, DC RP Cell, SDMC.
To check the implementation of these norms, SDMC has proposed to deploy the civic defence volunteers in large number. “They will also co-ordinate between traffic police and parking contractors,” said the official.
Checking feasibility of existing parking lots
A joint team including officials from DDA, Traffic Police, independent architects and SDMC are revisiting the earmarked parking spaces to find out their viability. Based of the feedback of residents and shopkeepers, civic agency will shift the parking lots, if needed.
“For example at Kailash Colony, majority of shopkeepers had issued with existing car-parking lot in main market and leading to traffic congestion. We have decided to shift it now,” said the official.
Transit parking area
Half of the time, congestion or traffic jam on roads is created due to the halting of vehicles for brief time period. To deal with the problem, SDMC has decided top earmark ‘transit parking areas’ in each locality.
These would be the area where cabs and commercial vehicles will be allowed go take stoppage for maximum 15 minutes (pick and drop services) time. “Teams will be formed to ensure these are not used as permanent parking spaces,” said an official.
In each locality, at least 4-5 lanes will be identified as ‘no parking’ areas. These would help in free movement of ambulances and other vehicles in case of emergency, barriers free. These arterial roads would be connecting to main roads
“There has been incident where ambulances could not enter the colony due to haphazard parking of vehicles in residential areas. We want to avoid the practise in future,” said the official.
The proposed plan has provision for creating parking space for public as well as private vehicles. Not just that, to end chaos on roads surrounding private and government hospitals, the civic agency has suggested for allocating dedicated parking lots. “This aims to stop the patients and their relatives to leave their vehicles on the roadside. These would be run by hospital administration and the revenue earned would be transferred to SDMC,” said the official.