Fixed parking slots per home to unclog Delhi
As part of a pilot project to decongest Delhi, residents in Lajpat Nagar and Kailash Colony will soon be allotted parking spaces and issued permit stickers for their designated spots.
A joint team of the municipal corporation and Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs) began earmarking slots for private cars after counting the number of vehicles in Lajpat Nagar III and a section of Lajpat Nagar II. Each floor of the colony’s houses will be provided two parking slots. Those with more than two cars will have to park their extra vehicles at the paid parking spots or make their own arrangement. If vehicles are not parked in the earmarked spaces, they will be towed by the municipal department or the traffic police. The number of spaces allotted to each house may vary in other areas the project covers in the future. The parking slots, however, may not necessarily be assigned close to the car owner’s house. The parking slot may or may not be in front of the resident’s house. No extra vehicles will be allowed.
The rules also mandated that new parking rates for public and residential areas be fixed by July this year, ending the free use of public space for parking. The SDMC, however, will not charge any fee for roadside parking for time being.
The non-residents visiting the areas will have to park their vehicles at paid lots. The SDMA has begun a process to issue tenders for the construction of 25 paid stack parking lots near residential colonies and markets. The lots will comes up in areas including Rajouri Garden, Greater Kailash M Block, Malviya Nagar main market, Safdarjung Development Area Market, near Adchini Village and near Hauz Khas Apartments. Residents will be also able to book their parking space through a mobile app. The parking lots will have a total capacity of about 3,700 cars and will be operational by December 2019.
Under the pilot project, the municipal corporation will experiment organising parking spots in common areas so that internal roads of colonies are free for the movement of emergency vehicles and residents.