Delhi Government Notifies Parking Policy, Allows Free Parking In Residential Areas
The Delhi government on September 23, 2019, notified its parking policy, banning parking on footpaths and allowing civic agencies to prepare a plan for accommodating cars within residential areas. Under the Delhi Maintenance and Management of Parking Places Rules, 2019, notified on September 23, 2019, the civic agencies would plan open spaces near residential colonies as parking lots on payment basis.
Apart from this, regular shuttle services may be prescribed as a part of the parking facility, the charge for which will be included in the parking fee. The policy also states owners right to use their vacant plots in the residential colonies and commercial areas as parking places against parking fees. An appropriate tax measures may be adopted by civic agencies to incentivise this process.
Last year, the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led government had come out with the draft parking policy after the Supreme Court had called out for an urgent review of parking crisis in view of rising number of vehicles in Delhi.
The new rules will be implemented 30 days after the publication of the notification. Stakeholders can also give suggestions on it to the principal secretary-cum-transport commissioner of Delhi.
Here's some of the key features of the Delhi parking policy:
The new policy will be based on the principle of user pays for discouraging on-street and long-duration parking. Moreover, on-street parking fee will be twice as high as off-street parking with an exponential increase in charges after the first hour. On-street parking will not be allowed at least up to 25 metre from intersections on each arm of a road. Parking on footpaths, parks and green areas will be strictly prohibited. The traffic police will be responsible for towing away vehicles parked on 60-foot wide roads. In case of other roads, civic agencies will be in-charge.
Towing charges and custody charges will vary, based on the type of the vehicle. It will be Rs 200 for two wheelers and Rs 400 for light passenger vehicle. Apart from this, petrol vehicles older than 15 years and diesel vehicles older than 10 years parked on roads will be seized.
In the latest development, the policy has allowed adopting shared parking in all future residential and commercial projects in the city. This addition has been made keeping in mind the scarcity of land and its growing demand for various purposes.
According to the policy, 'unbundled' means that the parking space shall be sold or auctioned separately during disposal of the property and not as a package deal where parking is a hidden cost to the buyer who may or may not own a car. So, buyers will be given the option to purchase the parking space separately during the application process for an apartment or commercial space. This would reveal the true cost of parking to end users and unsold parking spaces can be sold to municipal corporations to be used as a part of the public parking pool. Once sold to municipal corporations, the shared parking facility would be available on short-term rental leases with the preference for the local residents, the policy states. Also, owners of vacant plots in residential colonies and commercial areas will be authorised to allow parking on such land for parking against a fee.
The policy have provision for dynamic pricing mechanism. This means the fee will differ during peak and off-peak hours. The cost will be based on the base parking fee that will be decided by an apex committee, formed under the Delhi government. Those who park their vehicle on a public road despite staying in a building with stilt parking facility will have to pay twice the normal charges fixed for others. Vacant plots owners in the housing colonies can use these as parking places as permitted under building bylaws.
Varying parking charges
Civic bodies in Delhi will levy one-third charges for multi-level parking facilities compared to surface parking rates. Also, parking within 25 metres from roundabouts and traffic intersections will be disallowed. The provision has been brought in to incentivise multi-level parking system and decongest the city.
For commercial vehicles
Auto-rickshaws and non-motorised vehicles will be given priority in on-street parking. New permits for transport vehicles will be provided only after submission of proof of parking space. Night parking space with charging points will be provided to e-rickshaws and other electric vehicles. Apart from this, special provisions have been made for parking for senior citizen and differently abled.
SC-Appointed Panel Recommends On-Street Parking Fee Hike In Delhi's Busy Markets
In a bid to de-congest roads in busy Delhi areas such as Lajpat Nagar, Krishna Nagar and Kamla Nagar, a Supreme Court-appointed committee on September 10, 2019, suggested hiking surface parking rates. The panel, known as the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA), has also said these areas should be pedestrianised.
Last week, the apex court had directed the EPCA and the Delhi government to explore how radio frequency identification tags could be used for effective parking management in the city and to submit a plan for a pilot project in two weeks.
"To promote multi-level parking, we have suggested increasing the rates of on-street parking. Multi-level parking will be cheaper," EPCA Chairperson Bhure Lal said. The EPCA is also exploring technological solutions to prevent unauthorised parking. The SC directed the authorities to complete the pilot projects for parking management in Lajpat Nagar, Krishna Nagar and Kamla Nagar by December 30 this year.