In what could make the tedious parking process easier, people will soon be able to pre-book parking space using a phone app. “We will first introduce the facility at Lajpat Nagar’s Central Market. The parking facility is already being upgraded as the south corporation is earmarking spaces and giving serial numbers to each space so people can pre-book,” said a senior SDMC official. The app to use this facility, We Park, was launched recently.
The parking lot will also take the lead in another venture — replacing paper slips with a Quick Response (QR) Code. According to officials, this will help curb the “parking mafia” and reduce waiting time. Officials said that QR code scanners will record the entry and exit time of each vehicle, and generate the bill.
After Lajpat Nagar, the two facilities will be made available at other locations in south Delhi. “There have been cases of the parking mafia using fake slips to deceive people. By making the facility automated, we will be able to control it,” the SDMC official said. “In Lajpat Nagar’s Central Market, people can already make parking payments using the e-wallet on the app.”
The focus on technology does not mean people who don’t use smartphones would be left out. They can give a missed a call on 7070707047, after which they will receive two one-time passwords (OTPs) — for entry and exit. The user can give the passwords to the attendant, and his bill will be generated, the official said.
SDMC mayor Kamljeet Sehrawat said, “We are increasingly focussing on technology as it is the best tool to kill corruption. The introduction of QR code and demarcating parking space is a step in that direction.”
A corporation official said, “Currently we don’t know how much parking space we have. In Lajpat Nagar, after demarcating the space, we realised that we have room for 650 cars. In other places too, the corporation will have the data on the exact number of cars that can be parked.”
According to rough estimates, SDMC has space for around 26,000 vehicles, with which it earns around Rs 37 crore annually. Officials said if they are able to implement the new plans, they will be able to take this figure to Rs 70 crore, as the parking mafia is believed to be impacting revenue.