70% residents object to Chandigarh parking policy draft
On November 23 last year, with a move to decongest the traffic in city, the department of urban planning finalised the draft parking policy and invited objections from the public up to January 15.punjab Updated: Jan 16, 2018 12:35 IST
With January 15 being the last day for filing the objection for the draft of parking policy of UT administration, around 80 residents filed their objections with more than 50 people terming it as not practical. The suggestions add that UT should strengthen its public transport system.
On November 23 last year, with a move to decongest the traffic in city, the department of urban planning finalised the draft parking policy and invited objections from the public up to January 15. Now, the high powered committee of UT will take its decision.
The residents have suggested that more multilevel parkings should come up even in residential areas.
- Metro project should be considered again
- e-rickshaw service should be better
- Around 30 people suggested that people who park on the road side, for such fine of ₹1,000 should be increased.
- Vehicles like buses and others should be allowed in grounds of government schools.
- Some suggested that except vehicles of Punjab and Haryana, vehicles of other states should be charged extra parking fee.
What the draft says?
Most of the residents objected to the condition that buying cars worth Rs 10 lakh and above will invite 50% of its price as road tax. Also, if you buy a second car, irrespective of the price, one will have to pay 50% of its price. The existing policy charges 6% as road tax for vehicles costing up to Rs 20 lakh and 8% for vehicles above Rs 20 lakh.
As per the draft policy, UT administration has proposed to introduce the concept of congestion pricingin Sectors 17, 22 and 35, high-density commercial markets along V1, V2, V3 and V4 roads and both the phases of Industrial Area. Congestion pricing is putting surcharge on uses of public goods that are subject to excess demand such as use of heavy transport system.
Companies having more than 50 employees will have to start a bus service. Fine at the rate of Rs 1,000 per car per day will be levied on vehicles parked outside the designated parking lots or areas. Besides, concept of working place parking fee will also be introduced at public institutions in the city.
Also, for allowing residents to accommodate more cars, the administration has asked the residents to remove walls of marla houses. According to the policy, residents will be allowed to use spaces in commercial and institutional parking lots at night on a rental basis to be managed by registered residents’ welfare associations (RWAs).
Objections: Levy on cars is heavy
The multinational companies objected to condition of having a separate bus for the company, which is having more than 50 employees. They said, “We are already giving travel allowance to our employees and even the service of cab for women employees.” They have requested to change this condition.