Declare roads adjacent to parking sites as no-parking zones: Delhi L-G

[] In order to ensure a smooth rollout of the new parking policy, Delhi’s Lt Governor Anil Baijal, has directed authorities to declare road stretches adjacent to the existing parking sites, as ‘no parking zones’

Delhi’s Lt Governor Anil Baijal, has directed all concerned agencies to identify those stretches and declare them as ‘no parking zones’, where multi-level parking/stack parking/surface parking exists, so that traffic congestion due to unauthorised parking on these roads can be eased, the L-G’s office said, in a statement. The L-G also issued several other directions at a meeting he chaired, which was attended by transport minister Kailash Gahlot, chief secretary MM Kutty, PWD principal secretary Ashwani Kumar and other senior officers.

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Baijal also asked them to focus on ensuring adequate parking for people, to minimise inconvenience during the implementation of the new parking policy. The policy introducing charges for parking in residential areas and increasing it for road and street-parking in the city. The charges would be decided by civic agencies, on the basis of a Base Parking Fee, which would be revised annually.

[] Draft policy proposes parking charges in Delhi’s residential areas

According to the statement, the L-G also wanted congested road stretches to be mapped by local bodies, to identify adequate existing or potential parking sites in their vicinity, for their development. “He stated that if no nearby sites are available, then, those at a reasonable distance be identified, which can be put in use through integration with a shuttle service,” the statement added.

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Baijal stressed that in view of the large number of vehicles and limited parking sites, priority should be given to upgrade multi-level stack parking, instead of surface parking. According to the policy draft, the civic agencies will consult RWAs before deciding the parking charges and mode of management of parking in residential areas, including outsourcing of the collection of parking fees.

The policy proposes that on-street parking for the first hour would be priced at least twice that of off-street and will increase exponentially, with duration. A government official said that the Delhi Transport Department will make the draft of the policy public in the next 14-15 days, adding that once made public, people can give suggestions for around 30 days.

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