NEW DELHI: Just like other municipal commissioners, south Delhi commissioner Manish Gupta too recommended a hike in parking charges, but only for surface lots. The charges for parking at premium sites will see a major hike. Gupta said increasing parking rates was the only way to discourage use of cars in the city.
He proposed that parking lots in the area be divided into three categories.
Category A will have premium surface parking lots in main markets such as Lajpat Nagar, Defence Colony and South Extension, etc. The rest of the surface parkings will fall under Category B. Category C will consist of multi-level, automatic and underground parkings.
Parking your car in Category A will cost R10 for half an hour, R20 for half an hour to one hour and R50 for up to three hours. After that, an additional R20 per hour will be charged. For Category B, the charges will rise to R10 for an hour, R20 for two hours and R50 for two to six hours. Currently, the charges are a flat R10 for 10 hours.
Charges for Category C parkings may remain unchanged.
In his budget speech, Gupta had said the civic body will focus on creating more multi-level and commercial parkings for its residents. He also said that only one car per family will be allowed in the parking sites of markets.
Proposing modernisation of the parking system, the commissioner told the House that there were plans to introduce hand-held computerised billing machines for parking lots. “We are also planning to come up with smart cards to reduce incidences of fraud,” he added.