Delhi government notifies parking policy

The Delhi government has notified its parking policy, banning parking on footpaths and allowing civic agencies to prepare a plan for cars within residential areas

The Delhi government has notified its parking policy. Under the Delhi Maintenance and Management of Parking Places Rules, 2019, notified on September 23, 2019, the civic agencies will consider developing open areas near the colonies as parking lots on payment basis. To discourage long-duration parking on streets, the policy provides for incremental increase in fees. Regular shuttle services may be prescribed as a part of parking facility, the charge for which will be included in the parking fee.

“Further, the owners of vacant plots in the residential colonies and commercial areas should be authorised for use of these plots as parking places against parking fees. Upon permission to use such vacant plot also as multi-level parking under building by-laws, such plots can be used as such for that purpose,” the policy stated. It stated that appropriate tax measures may be adopted by civic agencies, to incentivise this process.

“Parking on footpaths shall be strictly prohibited and civic agencies shall tow such illegally parked vehicles. On all lanes and streets, a lane must be earmarked for unhindered movement of emergency vehicles like ambulances, fire tenders, police vehicles etc. No parking shall be allowed on this lane,” it stated.


Parking management pilot project in Delhi, includes hiking on-street parking rates, pedestrianising markets

Responding to a SC directive to decongest roads in Lajpat Nagar, Krishna Nagar, and Kamla Nagar, the EPCA has come up with a pilot project which includes suggestions like using radio frequency identification (RFID) tags can be used for effective parking management, pedestrianising markets, etc.

September 11, 2019: The Supreme Court-appointed EPCA has suggested hiking surface parking rates and pedestrianising markets in a plan prepared for a pilot project to decongest roads in Lajpat Nagar, Krishna Nagar, and Kamla Nagar. Last week, the apex court had directed the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA), civic bodies and the Delhi government, to explore how radio frequency identification (RFID) tags can be used for effective parking management in the city and to submit the plan for the pilot project in two weeks.

EPCA chairperson Bhure Lal said the plan was ready and it was discussed in detail at a meeting. “The meeting discussed the total number of vehicles and where can we accommodate them. Which areas will be pedestrianised? Where will be the surplus vehicles shifted?” he said. The markets will be pedestrianised. The emphasis will be on stack and multi-level parking systems, he said. “To promote multi-level parking, we have suggested increasing the rates of on-street parking. Multi-level parking will be cheaper,” the EPCA chairperson said. “The EPCA is also exploring technological solutions like RFID tags and software applications to prevent unauthorised parking. We will see which technology is cost-effective and hassle-free and then take a final call,” Lal said.

Additional Commissioner of South Delhi Municipal Corporation Randhir Sahay said the SDMC will hold meetings with traffic police, resident welfare associations, and market associations, on how the plan will be implemented. According to the Supreme Court directive, the pilot projects for parking management in Lajpat Nagar, Krishna Nagar, and Kamla Nagar has to be completed by December 30, 2019.


Delhi notifies draft parking policy, allows free parking in residential areas

The Delhi government has notified its draft parking policy, discouraging on-street parking and banning footpath parking, while allowing free parking in residential areas

June 14, 2019: Delhi’s draft parking policy, titled ‘Delhi Maintenance and Management of Parking Places Rules 2019’ was notified on June 12, 2019, after the approval of the transport minister, a senior government official said. The government had come out with the draft parking policy in June 2018, which said that ‘parking may be allowed in residential areas on payment of (parking) charges and higher charges may be levied for parking in those areas during the day-time’. The notified draft of the parking policy lacks this provision.

The rules provide for two times higher parking fee for on-street parking, vis-à-vis off-street parking. Also, the on-street parking fee will increase exponentially with time, to discourage long duration of on-street parking, according to the rules. “Dynamic pricing mechanism, such as peak and off-peak fees and exponential increase per hour of use would be used, to moderate parking demand. On-street parking will not be allowed at least up to 25 metres from intersections on each arm of road,” it stated. The area parking plans will include parking arrangements within residential areas.

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The civic agencies will consider developing open areas, excluding green patches and parks, near the colonies as parking lots on payment basis. Also, the owners of vacant plots in residential colonies and commercial areas could be authorised to allow parking on such land against a fee. Parking on footpaths will be strictly prohibited and such vehicles will be towed away by civic agencies. The traffic police will be responsible for towing away vehicles parked on 60-ft-wide roads. In case of other roads, civic agencies will do this. Towing charges and custody charges will vary as per type of the vehicle. It will be Rs 200 for two-wheelers and Rs 400 for light passenger vehicles.

The policy provides for electric vehicle charging and battery swapping facility in each parking lot.

The Rules will be taken into consideration, 30 days after publication of the notification. Stakeholders may give suggestions on it to the principal secretary-cum-transport commissioner of Delhi, the official said.


Delhi L-G notifies new policy to levy parking charges in residential areas

Delhi’s Lt Governor, has notified the ‘Delhi Maintenance and Management of Parking Rules, 2017’, which will allow for parking charges to be levied in designated streets in residential areas

January 30, 2018: A new parking policy for the national capital was notified by Lt Governor Anil Baijal, on January 29, 2018, paving the way for levying charges on parking of vehicles, on designated streets and lanes in residential areas.

As part of the notification, the policy, to be known as the ‘Delhi Maintenance and Management of Parking Rules, 2017’, will be open for suggestions from the public and other stakeholders for a month. Thereafter, the rules will be finally notified by the transport department of the Delhi government with requisite changes, a senior transport department official said.

An apex monitoring committee, headed by the chief secretary of the Delhi government will be formed, for implementation of the rules.

See also: Draft policy proposes parking charges in Delhi’s residential areas

Within four months of notification of the rules, civic agencies, including the MCDs and the DDA, will come out with ‘Local Area Parking Plans’, including for residential areas. The fees for parking on designated streets and lanes in residential areas, will be decided by the civic agencies in consultation with the residents’ welfare associations (RWAs), the notification said.

Parking charges will be according to a base parking fee. It will be determined by the apex committee through a base parking fee panel that will be headed by the transport commissioner, it said.

The civic agencies will be responsible for identifying and providing space, for night parking of commercial vehicles, for which charges will be levied, the notification said. The local area plans will also ensure special provisions for the differently-abled persons, according to the norms set by the Bureau of Indian Standards, National Building Code of India and others. The rules also provide for exclusive parking facilities for e-rickshaws and other electric vehicles. It also aims to ban parking on footpaths and main roads, with the traffic police and civic agencies being authorised to tow away such vehicles. Towing away and daily custody charges will range from Rs 200 to Rs 2,000, the notification stated.


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