The first thing you possibly notice when you enter Delhi is the high density of traffic. If by any chance you are driving on a narrow road that is full of cars, including the stationary ones parked on either side, you know how painful and frustrating the situation can get.
To tackle this issue, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi will soon allocate limited slots to residents to park their cars. Partnering with the Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs), the MCD will earmark parking slots in South Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar and Kailash Colony.
The main objective of the initiative is to provide free but designated slots for enough number of cars per family and implement payment for the extras. A senior civic agency officer told the Hindustan Times,
“Those with more than two cars will have to park their extra vehicles at the paid parking spots or make their own arrangements.
If vehicles are not parked in the earmarked spaces, they will be towed by the MCD or the traffic police.”
This project is a part of the Parking Management Area Plan (PMAP) started by Anil Baijal, the Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Delhi.
With about 1500 cars being registered in Delhi every day, the streets are getting suffocated. The project aims to decongest roads in the residential colonies across Delhi.
However, the earmarked slots may or may not be directly in front of the owners’ homes. But a short walk from your parking to your home is not much of a hassle if you’re looking at decongesting an entire street, right?
Ashwani Marwah, the joint secretary of the Lajpat Nagar Market Association, said, “The RWA with the coordination from civic officials will issue a parking sticker for each resident’s vehicle, with the parking slot details. The parking slot may or may not be in front of the resident’s house. No extra vehicle will be allowed.”
The issuing of slots and stickers is expected to be done by the end of June. Starting in Lajpat Nagar, the pilot project will extend to Kailash Colony and later to other parts of Delhi.
“Only the south municipal corporation has submitted their parking area management plan,” Baijal said, adding that “Once the other agencies such as the North, East and the New Delhi Municipal Council submit their plans, this policy will be implemented by the LG (Lieutenant Governor) across the city.”
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)