Free parking in Delhi's residential colonies could soon be a thing of the past

The transport department released a draft parking policy on Wednesday, directed by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, which could officially do away with free parking in residential colonies.

The transport department released a draft parking policy on Wednesday, directed by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, which could officially do away with free parking in residential colonies.

The draft policy specified that roads need to be identified based on density, width and connectivity. Also, a plan must be initiated to discourage the use of public space for parking of cars.

"The idea is that nothing should be free. The current parking rates are not a deterrent as is obvious from the fact that people park their vehicles for the entire day," said a senior official who attended the meeting held by the LG, reported the Times of India.

Also, different rates for parking could be applied depending on the street's location and density.

"The measures will be categorised into short, medium and long term solutions for strict implementation. Rates will be incremental, and short stay parking will be encouraged," the official added.

According to the draft policy, suggestions will be taken from traffic police to identify roads and commercial streets that can be as 'no parking zones'.

The transport department wants Municipal Corporations in Delhi to strictly oversee that parking rules are followed and punish those found violating the norms with issuing of chalans.

"Parking in residential areas will also be discouraged. If people are willing to spend so much on a vehicle, parking for it cannot be free," added the official.

There is also a stress on advanced use of technology to ensure traffic rules are maintained, apart from regular patrolling.

Multi-level parking facilities should be made available for those who need to park their vehicles all day long, the draft policy recommends.

The draft policy has even asked the Delhi Metro to provide parking slots for para-transit vehicles and build underground parking areas for public welfare.

This transport policy draft comes in the wake of LG Anil Baijal setting up a task force to deal with the issue of "implementable" parking in the city earlier this year.

Among those who attended the meeting were seniors from DJB, DTC, DMRC, NDMC, traffic police and commissioners of the civic bodies.