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To tide over parking woes,some colonies make a start: 2 cars per home

Neither the DDA nor the Traffic Police can be blamed if housing colonies are filled to capacity with parked cars. The residents of BB Block in Jankapuri discovered this when they turned to the RTI Act after many appeals to both the agencies went unanswered.

Neither the DDA nor the Traffic Police can be blamed if housing colonies are filled to capacity with parked cars. The residents of BB Block in Jankapuri discovered this when they turned to the RTI Act after many appeals to both the agencies went unanswered.

In an RTI reply to the Residents’ Welfare Association of BB Block,Janakpuri,the DDA as well as Traffic Police said that a colony can make its own parking rules within its boundaries,and the rules are binding on residents. The reply to the RTI request by the Traffic Police said that it “has little role to play within the precincts of the block and such problems may be sorted out by the RWA in consultation with the local police and the land-owning agency.”

The DDA,for its part,said,“The registered RWA fixes the rules for parking of cars,which are binding on all flat holders.”

After receiving the replies in March,the RWA — with the consent of residents of the area — formed a two-cars-per-flat policy. Notices were sent to the residents,telling them a single flat owner can park only two vehicles in the colony,and the rest have to be accommodated outside the gates.

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“With incomes rising,each family can now buy more than two cars,but there is no space to park them. We formulated this policy to dissuade people from buying cars and provide space to every flat equally. With this,fire brigades and ambulance can enter the colony without any problems,” said Rajesh Buddhiraja,RWA president.

Incidentally,BB Block is not the only housing society that has fomulated new rules pertaining to vehicle parking. At housing societies in Dwarka,boards placed near the gates announce that outsiders are not allowed to park their cars inside the compound.

Saket in South Delhi,a residential colony under the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD),also has got a policy that disallows tenants from parking more than one car within its boundaries on account of space crunch. “Many of our apartments are given out on rent,and the tenants are discouraged from getting more than one car,” said Bansi Lal,president of Saket RWA.

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Ashu Singhla,a resident of BB Block who owns three cars,has no objection to the new rule. An employee of a Gurgaon firm,Singhla returns from work very late in the night,and finding parking space is always a struggle. He does not have a problem with parking one of his cars outside as long as he is guaranteed space for his other two vehicles inside the society premises.

The RWA had filed RTI in December last year,after it witnessed a sudden rise in vehiclular population. A survey revealed that as many as 31 flat owners had more than two cars.

First published on: 11-05-2011 at 02:42 IST
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