Parking charges to be raised to control traffic

New Delhi: Delhiites have to pay five-times more than present charges for parking in South Delhi region. Due to heavy traffic on the roads, South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) decided to raise the parking charges to discourage the use of private vehicles.

After a Special Task Force (STF) constituted by the Delhi High Court advised the trifurcated MCD to take measures to decongest the Capital’s roads and eradicate the parking mafia, the proposal was put forward to hike the parking charges.

“The proposal has been prepared and will be discussed at the next standing committee meeting, following which it will be implemented in all SDMC parking facilities. The idea is to decongest the busy streets of South Delhi and also encourage people to use public transport,” a senior SDMC official said.

SDMC proposed to raise charges five-times, according to proposed rates four-wheeler commuters has to pay Rs 50 for the first hour, Rs 100 for three-hours and Rs 50 for every additional hour, instead of Rs 10 for 12-hours. Similarly, for the two-wheeler users, the new charges will be Rs.30 for the first hour and Rs.75 for the next three hours and Rs.30 per hour beyond that. Currently, two-wheelers are charged a flat parking charge of Rs.7.

SDMC has 80 parking facilities across south and west Delhi. According to the recommendation of the STF, it suggests categorisation of the existing parking lots in SDMC areas into A, B and C grades. It suggested that Category A be designated ‘premium parking’, while surface, multilevel, underground and off-road parking facilities are termed category B and C.

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