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From next month, book your parking lot online

Parking lots in several market places such as Connaught Place have recently been equipped with automated boom barriers.

Residents of areas that fall under the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) will soon be able to book space in parking lots, not just online, but also through a mobile application and Variable Message Signs (VMS).

The NDMC, which had announced the revamp of parking facilities a few months ago, said the online booking facility and the mobile application are expected to be launched in a month. The council has handed over around 94 parking lots to Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transport System (DIMTS), a senior NDMC official said.

“We want to launch an online booking application through which people can choose a parking slot before reaching the market. The beta version of the application is being tested.

We expect to release it in 7-10 days in some areas,” a senior DIMTS official said.

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Parking lots in several market places such as Connaught Place have recently been equipped with automated boom barriers.

“These machines are used in some malls. The automated boom barriers are kiosks which generate bar coded slips for parking. However, at the time of exit, the bar coded slips will be submitted manually. We had considered the option of self-service mechanism for parking but we thought that it was too early to introduce it in the capital,” the DIMTS official said.

In addition to the mobile application and online booking, parking lots in NDMC areas are also expected to have variable message signs to guide drivers to available spaces. “The VMS system will give an indication of the how many parking slots are available,” the DIMTS official said.

The project will be implemented in a phased manner, officials said.  In the first phase, 18 parking lots in NDMC will be equipped with automated boom barriers. In the second phase, around 70 parking lots, with hand-held terminals, will get online facility.

“As soon as a slip is generated after the slot is booked through the mobile application, the NDMC and DIMTS websites will get information about the bookings in real time,” the DIMTS official said.