The Delhi government has come out with a draft parking policy, which proposes checks on multiple ownership and roadside parking of vehicles, through taxes and charges, for better management of the limited parking space available in the city. The comprehensive draft policy, which was given a go-ahead by Lt Governor Anil Baijal, will be vetted after getting public feedback for a month and then, formulated into workable steps, a senior government official said.
“Parking management should be used as a demand management tool, to decrease the use of private vehicles and thus, reduce the overall demand for parking and shift travel to public transport, para-transport and non-motorised modes.
“Sixty per cent of all trips made in Delhi, are short ones, which can easily be made on these alternate modes,” stated the draft policy.
The draft policy states that only night parking be allowed on public streets in residential areas and that too, against parking charges to be decided by the concerned local bodies. A household may be allowed to park not more than 2-3 cars on a public street during night time, after payment of parking charges. In case of more number of cars, higher parking charges may be levied for night parking. The draft policy recommended higher charges, for daytime parking on residential public streets.
The local bodies can consider norms for permission of parking, for private vehicles on residential streets, on the basis of the size of the plot, it stated. It suggested one vehicle parking on plots measuring up to 50 yards, on normal parking charges. Beyond a specific number, depending on the plot size, there should be additional charges for parking on residential streets, for equitable distribution on public spaces.
Pointing to the limited parking space in the city, the policy emphasised on prioritising parking spaces on residential streets, in favour of the residents and their visitors. Parking controls in residential areas should balance the long-stay parking needs of all households, to use street space for accommodating visitors, it added.
The parking policy has recommended tough measures, to curb unauthorised parking in the city and giving enforcement powers to officials of local bodies and the public works department (PWD), for issuing challans to offenders. “In order to deal with the problem (of obstructive parking), the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways will be requested to make an amendment in Section 177 of the Motor Vehicles Act and raise the fine to Rs 2,000 (from Rs 100, presently),” the draft stated.
It also recommended that major arterial roads, including Ring Road, Outer Ring Road, Aurobindo Marg, Mathura Road, Najafgarh Road, Rohtak Road and Vikas Marg, be treated as ‘no-parking roads’.