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Parking pilot project to roll out at three residential colonies

Parking pilot project to roll out at three residential colonies

3 Corporations Choose Kamla Nagar, Lajpat Nagar And Krishna Nagar

New Delhi:

The three municipal corporations have chosen three colonies to pilot the new parking policy. Senior corporation officials from the Remunerative Project Cell of the civic bodies said on Tuesday that the test exercises will be carried out in Kamla Nagar in North Delhi, Krishna Nagar in east and Lajpat Nagar in south Delhi. The Supreme Court had asked the municipal corporation on July 29 to identify a residential colony each to try out the parking project based on the suggestions of the Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority.

Ira Singhal, deputy commissioner in the north corporation, said that Kamla Nagar was selected due to the ample space provided by the multilevel parking facility there and the possibility of integrating elements of the policy with the ongoing pedestrianisation in the market. “We will consult the RWAs to fix the parking fee and slots,” she said. The civic body is awaiting a nod from Delhi Police to begin the project, possible after Independence Day.

The corporations support ECPA’s proposal and are willing to implement it, but Delhi government is not in favour of levying a fee on residents who park their car outside their homes on colony roads. Lessons from these three pilots will determine the parking policy for the rest of Delhi.

PS Jha, deputy commissioner, SDMC, said that the civic body’s proposals for Lajpat Nagar III had been cited by EPCA in the Supreme Court as showing that with careful planning parking spaces could be identified in badly organised residential and commercial areas. Anil Roy from EDMC’s RP Cell said that while Krishna Nagar has been selected for the pilot, the east civic body’s priority is to get the multilevel parking there functioning. “Two notices inviting tenders have been issued, the deadline being August 15,” said Roy.

According to EPCA, Lajpat Nagar III had 3,510 cars parked on the streets in its 13 blocks (A to M), but the demarcated legal parking had space for only 1,830 cars. Its report that this south Delhi model showed how space could be created by accommodating cars in nearby areas, but required the involvement of the RWAs in allotting parking permits to residents to distinguish them from those coming for commercial work or shopping at the markets. Areas in both the commercial and residential areas could be used for parking — by visitors during the day and by residents at night. “However,” added EPCA, “the plan can be enforced only if there is legal framework providing deterrence against illegal parking and penalties for not adhering to the plan.”