Lt. Governor Releases New Parking Policy for Delhi

Cars parked on the roads of Delhi block the flow of traffic which can be hazardous. Photo of February 2017 by Rakesh Raman
Cars parked on the roads of Delhi block the flow of traffic which can be hazardous. Photo of February 2017 by Rakesh Raman

By Rakesh Raman

The Lt. Governor of Delhi, Mr. Anil Baijal, has chalked out a new ‘Parking Policy for Delhi’ after discussions with various other government departments.

Earlier, Mr. Baijal had decided to make a policy to ensure smooth parking in the city. He had recommended need-based parking solutions and directed a dedicated team of officials to make a comprehensive plan which could be easily implemented.

The plan, according to the Lt. Governor, was made in coordination with other departments such as the DDA, Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), and the Public Works Department (PWD).

The new plan released Wednesday includes the following measures:

1) Identification of Roads / Commercial Streets as ‘No Tolerance Zone’ for parking in consultation with Traffic Police and Local Bodies.

2) Measures to be categorized into short term, medium term, and long term for strict implementation.

3) Adequate authorised parking and enforcement needed in Delhi. Roads should be categorized on the criteria of density, width and its connectivity.

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4) Digitised short stay parking for parking management solutions to be encouraged by MCDs, NDMC, and DDA.

5) MCDs and other agencies should strictly monitor contracts of parking lots.

6) DMRC to work out parking slots for para transit vehicles and underground parking for public convenience and last mile connectivity.

7) Multilevel Parkings at various places should be incentivised viz-a-viz surface parking through a price incentivisation mechanism.

8) Parking on footpaths should be strictly prohibited.

9) Continuous patrolling on roads is needed and use of technology needs to be stepped up for challaning.

10) Instead of uniform parking charges in the entire MCD area, there should be differential parking charges depending upon the area / demand.

11) Free Parking for Non Motorized Vehicles to be emphasised.

12) As regards road cutting permissions, all agencies which have underground services / networks, should ensure that no damage is done to facilities of other agencies when they are carrying out underneath work.

13) The details of the road cutting schedules should be brought into public domain.

14) SOPs to be put in place for online clearances and restoration after road cutting permissions.

15) Contractors to be charged for time overruns, if projects are not completed in time.

16) Strict monitoring before digging and after digging of roads is a must. Periodic review of space utilized / restricted for road cuttings should be done.

The Lt.Governor also directed that comments of all stake holders will be obtained within one month for implementation of the new policy.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a government’s National award-winning journalist and runs free school for deserving children under his NGO – RMN Foundation.

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