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Provide parking for regularised colonies,DDA tells MCD

The civic bodies of Delhi have asked the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to provide land for parking in case of land-use change or regularisation of unauthorised colonies.

The civic bodies of Delhi have asked the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to provide land for parking in case of land-use change or regularisation of unauthorised colonies.

The DDA’s review of the Master Plan 2021 is going on,with several open houses being held to hear residents’ suggestions.

South Corporation Commissioner Manish Gupta said,“There is a major parking problem in the city and if the government regularises unauthorised colonies or changes land-use from residential to commercial,the need for parking space arises. We have asked DDA to give us additional land when such a decision is taken.”

Senior officials said if the suggestion is taken seriously,it may hinder regularisation of unauthorised colonies. On availability of parking space in the city,the commissioners said that creating parking space in unplanned commercial markets was not feasible even after charging for land-use conversion and parking.

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“We believe that if parking charges are hiked in the city,it will discourage people from using private vehicles and will boost public transport. The more people travel in public transport,the lesser the congestion in the city. We will recommend the proposal prepared by the Special Task Force (STF) under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary P K Tripathi. We have to take a call on street parking,in places where people use public roads to park private vehicles,” said Gupta.

The proposal of increase in night parking charges and hike in parking fee were shot down by the BJP-ruled MCD. Officials believe that the decision will be implemented if the STF submits its report to the high court and if the HC rules in favour of the hike.

First published on: 10-05-2012 at 03:01 IST
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