Delhi Draft Parking Policy Allows Free Parking In Residential Areas
The Delhi government on June 14 notified the draft parking policy, Delhi Maintenance and Management of Parking Places Rules 2019. According to the new policy, while footpath parking is banned across the city, free parking will be provided in the residential areas. It was last year that 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 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, the officials said.
Here's some of the key features of the Delhi parking policy:
Under the new policy, the rules will be based on the principle of 'user pays'. These will be aimed at 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 road. Parking on footpaths, parks and green areas will be strictly prohibited. Traffic police will be responsible for towing away vehicles parked on 60-foot wide roads. In case of other roads, civic agencies will be incharge.
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 now recommended 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. Therefore, 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 could be authorised to allow parking on such land for parking against a fee.
The draft rules 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 meters 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.