Very soon, visiting upscale busy markets or posh localities in Delhi might burn a hole in your pocket. The Union Urban Development Ministry plans to hike parking charges in the National Capital by 25 times. The ministry thinks a steep parking slip of Rs 500 will decongest the streets of Delhi.
If the plan is implemented, you will have to shell out a Rs 500-note for parking your four-wheeler in Connaught Place, Delhi Airport or Chandni Chowk, where the traffic congestion is massive. That means if you plan to pick or drop someone at the airport, you will either have to unceremoniously dump them at the departure area, and scoot off without saying ‘bye’, lest the parking-wallah comes and hands you a parking slip worth half a grand.
Hefty parking fee will also curb all those ‘window-shopping trips’ we make to Connaught Place. I mean who will pay so much, when we just want to hang out in that area for fun? Visit to other popular markets are not going to be cheap either. Parking in Greater Kailash, Karol Bagh, Lajpat Nagar and Sarojini Nagar will cost you Rs 300 for cars and Rs 150 for two-wheelers.
And if you have friends or relatives in Vasant Vihar, Nizamuddin, Defence Colony, Safdarjung Enclave, Hauz Khas or Green Park, you will have to include an extra amount of Rs 250, besides that mithai box that you carry to their place without fail. You will have to pay less (Rs 100), in case you decide to ride your two-wheeler to that area.
For those who don’t give a thought to others while placing their vehicle diagonally across the street, they might have change their habit, for parking on footpath is likely to become a cognizable offence with provision of hefty penalty and even confiscation of vehicles.
Thankfully, the panel has suggested that the parking fee should be market-driven and vary around the city based on time, location and congestion levels through the day. So may be an early brunch or a late night supper in a restaurant will cost you less and also save you the traffic snarls.
The ministry wants to levy parking charged according to the size of the vehicle. The bigger the vehicle, the heavier the fee. I am glad that I ride a two-wheeler for covering short distances. When it comes to travelling far, I prefer public transport. But I might buy an electric car in the future, for non-motorised vehicles won’t be charged any parking fee.
I wonder how much will steep parking fees matter to Delhiites… And what about those people whose offices are located in the demarcated places?
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Odd-Even rule had mixed reviews. Although it didn’t cut down pollution, it made driving in some parts of the city a breeze. Until the fee is revised by the ministry, we will have to wait and watch how taxing the common masses will help this green initiative…