On the table: No parking,no car

Panel to look into proposal of allowing people to register new vehicles on certain conditions.

Written by Ruhi Bhasin | New Delhi | Published: July 31, 2012 1:10:51 am

Taking a cue from a recent Rajasthan High Court order,Delhi Lieutenant Governor Tajendra Khanna has asked a special committee,headed by the Chief Secretary,to look into the proposal of allowing people to register new non-commercial vehicles only if they can show available parking space in their localities.

The Rajasthan High Court’s Jodhpur bench had asked the state government to allow registration of cars and two-wheelers only if the owners can show parking facilities.

“This practice is followed in Japan. It was discussed at a meeting last week,where the Chief Secretary and the Delhi Transport Commissioner have been asked to look into the suggestion,” the officer on special duty to the L-G,Ranjan Mukherjee,said.

A Transport department official said: “Cars from the entire NCR ply on the city’s roads. This proposal won’t succeed if the entire region isn’t taken on board.”

Around 1,300 vehicles get registered in Delhi every day,officials said.

Another proposal is to levy a monthly fee on residents who park their vehicles on streets. This comes in the wake of Delhi High Court’s suggestion,asking civic agencies to levy parking charges for street parking inside colonies.

“The government is considering charging Rs 1,500 for one vehicle per family or shop in residential areas. This proposal is being looked into,’’ an official said.

Grappling with severe road congestion,the government issued a public notice on May 9 to increase parking charges during rush hours. “The plan was shelved because people are not willing to pay,” the official said.

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