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Draft parking policy: Notification provisions not 'feasible', claim RWAs

The draft notification was published on the govt website inviting suggestions from the public within 30 days

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The RWAs in the capital have claimed that the provisions of the new draft parking policy proposing a fee for residential parking are not "feasible" and that they will object to it again. The Lieutenant Governor on Monday had approved the Delhi Maintenance and Management of Parking Rules, 2017, empowering the civic bodies and the RWAs to have a say in the formulation and implementation of the policy.

The draft notification was published on the government website inviting suggestions and objections from the public within 30 days, after which the policy will be finalised.

B S Vohra, president, RWA Federation, east Delhi said, "The provisions under point three of the policy says there will be enough room for pedestrians, hawkers and vehicles on the street, which is not possible, as the streets inside the colonies are not that wide. Also, it does not conform to the realities on the ground. In our suggestion to the government, we will tell them to frame a realistic policy."

The clauses in the draft notification, Vohra said, are not "implementable".

"We have already paid one-time parking fee while buying the vehicle. Then why should we pay more to park outside our own house? Also, if we park the vehicle far away from the house, who will be responsible for its safety. Will the government deploy guards in every residential colony to keep a vigil," asked Rajiv Mehta of Greater Kailash-K block RWA.

Meanwhile, the three municipal corporations --- North, South and East --- which will also be the implementing agencies of the policy are preparing the "Area Parking Plans".

"We are planning to develop more stack parking, which could be readied fast so that the policy could be implemented in time. We have asked the DDA for land for commercial parking spaces, which can fetch revenue as well to maintain all these lots," said a civic official.

The draft policy has provisions for double parking charges for on-street parking, which will increase exponentially after the first hour, peak- and off-peak-hour charges. The charges will be based on a 'base parking fee' determined by an apex monitoring committee headed by the chief secretary of the Delhi government.

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  • The draft policy has provisions for double parking charges for on-street parking, which will increase exponentially after the first hour, peak- and off-peak-hour charges.
     
  • The charges will be based on a ‘base parking fee’ determined by an apex monitoring committee headed by the chief secretary of the Delhi government.
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