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9 sites picked in south Delhi to park heavy vehicles at night

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26th September, 2021 19:10 IST
The civic body aims to charge a minimum of Rs 9,900 per month as parking fee from commercial vehicles and the rate will increase depending upon the size of commercial vehicles.
NEW DELHI: South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has identified nine sites for parking of commercial vehicles at night. The move is aimed at avoiding congestion on main roads in south Delhi areas due to haphazard parking of heavy vehicles.

These on-street parking sites are located at prominent stretches near commercial or residential areas. To get the traffic police’s permission, SDMC officials held a meeting with the joint CP, traffic police on Friday, said officials.




“Since the new parking policy notified by Delhi government stresses on renewal of commercial vehicles’ registration every year only when there is proof of parking, this facility will be required for such vehicles. The civic body can issue parking certificates/NoC that can be utilised by the owner for the registration renewal in future,” said Prem Shankar Jha, deputy commissioner, remunerative and project cell, SDMC.

“The traffic police have told us that the matter will be looked into and a reply will be given soon,” said a south corporation official.

The civic body aims to charge a minimum of Rs 9,900 per month as parking fee from commercial vehicles and the rate will increase depending upon the size of commercial vehicles. “So far, we have identified space for parking of 134 buses and trucks. More such parking sites will be identified in future,” said the official.

Residents of different areas, including Alaknanda and Nivedita Kunj (RK Puram), have been frequently complaining about inconveniences caused to them due to parking of commercial vehicles, such as buses, tempos, trolleys and trucks, on the main roads during night hours.

“The project sites after getting finalised will be given to parking contractors. They will install CCTV cameras and make other arrangements for safety purposes,” said the official.

Anumita Roy Chowdhury, executive director, research and advocacy, Centre for Science and Environment, however, said that the term, “commercial vehicles”, was wide and covered many kinds of vehicles, including e-vehicles. It is important to earmark sites for all of these after understanding their requirements and doing proper demarcation.

“There are taxi aggregators who need space to park their cars at night. Then we have tempos also, which will need space for loading and unloading. Since all these vehicles will be covered under the Delhi Parking Policy as well as electrical vehicle policy, keeping all factors in mind before finalising sites is very important. Provision for charging stations also needs to be looked into,” she said.

The south corporation presently has 140 surface parking lots for non-commercial vehicles and of them, 113 are fully operational. Besides, there are six operational underground multi-level and two stack parking lots.


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