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Panel appointed to examine introduction of automated parking in Delhi

In the first major step towards modernising parking system in the capital, the Chief Minister appointed a high-powered committee to examine the introduction of an automated and IT-enabled parking facilities in Delhi.



New Delhi: In the first major step towards
modernising parking system in the capital, Chief Minister
Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday appointed a high-powered committee to
examine introduction of automated and IT-enabled parking
facilities in Delhi on the lines of top cities in the world.

The committee to be headed by Chief Secretary Rakesh
Mehta will examine introduction of the modern parking system
which will enable a car owner to park his car by swiping a
credit card or smart card at automated kiosks after checking
availability of space and other details.

Dikshit appointed the committee after she saw a
presentation on the IT-enabled parking facilities which are
quite common in cities like New York, Los Angeles and
Brussels.

Officials said the city government is in the process
of finalising two such facilities in Bhikaji Cama Place and
Greater Kailash-II as pilot project.

They said under the automated parking system,
motorists will be able to check availability of space, number
of cars at the parking facility, fees and other related
information online and accordingly, have the option of booking
slots by paying online.

The officials said introduction of such a modern
parking system will help authorities dealing with mafias
controlling certain parking slots and encroachment on
non-parking areas.

The presentation was attended by top officials of IT
department, MCD, NDMC, police and transport.

Besides Mehta, the committee will have the
Transport Commissioner, the MCD Commissioner, the NDMC
chairperson, the IT Secretary, Joint CP(Traffic), Project
Director (Survey of India) and a representative from National
Innovation Council.

Officials said the project was conceived as it was
found that unregulated parking had significantly shrunk road
space across the city resulting in traffic mess.

According to the statistics, there are nearly 65 lakh
vehicles registered in the city. The number of vehicles in
Delhi is more than the total number in Mumbai, Chennai and
Kolkata. On an average over 1,000 vehicles are added to the
city roads everyday.

15 per cent of the road space in Delhi are lost due to
haphazard parking, according to an official. The national
capital will be the only city in the country with such a
parking facility.

PTI

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