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We are trying to take over illegal parkings

SS Yadav, Commissioner of east Delhi Municipal Corporation on vehicles parking issue.

delhi Updated: Sep 21, 2012 00:27 IST

Most residents and visitors to east Delhi Most residents and visitors to east Delhi complain of a massive space crunch to park their vehicles. What is being done to solve this problem?
The unified MCD was divided into three parts after which the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) was formed. What we inherited was less than 20 legal parkings across the entire east Delhi which has a population of 17 lakh. Naturally, that space was woefully inadequate. In the past few months, we have managed to increase the number to 40 and are hoping to add more.

Not a single multi-level parking lot has come up in the past decade in the area. Are there plans to construct such parking lots?
A few plans were made but they never materialised. We had planned to make four underground parking lots in Mayur Vihar, Krishna Nagar, Dilshad Garden underneath parks. But we were denied permission from the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA). We are now exploring the possibility of constructing multi-level parking lots once land is provided to us by the Delhi Development Authority.

In the absence of legal parking lots, parking mafia has turned every vacant land into a parking space and has been overcharging people. Has the agency taken any action?
Whenever we get complaints, we forward them to our enforcement team and they conduct regular raids. We are also trying to take over illegal parking lots and convert them into legal ones.

Apart from markets, residential areas are also facing parking problems. Is a policy being formulated to address parking problems?
A policy should be formulated for residential colonies too as demand for parking space in these societies has been increasing over the years. But one needs to keep in mind that parking needs of residential areas are different from that of commercial areas.

Usually, people are unable to distinguish between legal and illegal parking lots. There have been times when vehicles have been stolen but contractors are not held responsible.

The area only had 20 legal parking lots; rest all were running illegally. We have started the process of taking up all those parking lots and legalising them.