New Delhi: Parking rates in the national capital are all set to go up with the standing committee of South Delhi Municipal Corporation approving the hike in its area and the other two civic bodies "actively considering" similar proposals.
As per the new proposal for surface and multi-level parking facilities, hourly rate for cars has been increased from Rs 10 to Rs 20, and for two-wheelers from Rs 7 to Rs 10.
The south corporation's standing committee,under outgoing chairman Satish Upadhyay, had yesterday approved the proposal, which will now be placed before SDMC House for final approval.
As per 24-hour parking facility, the revised rates will cost Rs 100 for cars and Rs 50 for two-wheelers. The revised rates will also make the motorists pay more for the day and night monthly passes.
Major parking lots in south Delhi are in Greater Kailash -I/II, South Extension -I/II, Lajpat Nagar, Green Park, Hauz Khas, Defence Colony, Vasant Kunj among others.
Upadhyay, who resigned from the post yesterday to focus on his party responsibilities as the BJP Delhi Unit chief, said the hike was "reasonable and only marginal".
"This was due for long time and I believe the hike is very reasonable. For cars, it is just a ten rupees hike per hour and people go and pay for parking in malls also. And, though we had plans for premium parking also, but we have not made provisions for them so far," Upadhyay told a news agency today.
"This will also help in tackling the parking mafia, among others," he said.
Opposition Congress in SDMC, however, said the move would not really have an impact on such mafia. "Parking mafia will continue to mint money. This move will only put additional burden on the public," Opposition leader Farhad Suri said.
Increased parking rates for areas in north Delhi and east Delhi are also on the cards as the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) and East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) are likely to follow suit, to bring uniformity in parking charges across the city.
"The proposal is under active consideration in the two civic bodies (NDMC and EMDC) and we are waiting for them to be tabled in the respective standing committees," Director (Press & Information) for NDMC and EDMC Yogendra Singh Mann said.