The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has decided to increase its existing parking fees by two-fold in a temporary attempt to discourage private transport in view of the rising levels of pollution in the capital.
“The parking fees (off road/on road) has been enhanced to twice of the existing to discourage private transport for the parking managed by NDMC through its own staff,” the NDMC said in a public notice. This hike in parking fees will be strictly complied upon till January 31, 2024, the NDMC notified Monday.
The NDMC said that the Air Quality Index (AQI) has been on a “rising trend” due to which this decision has been enforced. “The AQI is expected to remain in Severe+ category further, owing to the highly unfavourable meteorological and climatic conditions,” the statement said.
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The NDMC has taken the decision based on the guidelines by the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM). In its guidelines dated October 6, the CAQM had directed the implementation of the revised schedule of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) with immediate effect by all the agencies concerned in the NCR; this also included a provision to enhance parking fees to discourage private transport.
In areas other than Lutyens’ Delhi, the parking fee will remain the same as the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has not taken any action in this regard as of now. “Increase in the parking fee is currently under discussion but no hike has been implemented in spaces managed by the MCD at the moment,” an MCD source said.
Areas that would be affected by NDMC’s decision include Barakhamba Road, Connaught Place, Feroz Shah Road, Shershah Road, Panchkuian Road, Minto Road, Central Secretariat, Ashoka Road, Parliament Street, Janpath, Jantar Mantar Road, Pandara Road, Shahjahan Road, Akbar Road, Teen Murti Marg, Lodhi Colony, Jor Bagh, Kidwai Nagar, Sarojini Nagar, Safdarjung Enclave, Race Course Road, Panchsheel Marg, Chanakyapuri, Netaji Nagar and Moti Bagh.