Delhi: Cars To Get Costly As One-Time Parking Charges Hiked Up To 18 Times

Delhi: Cars To Get Costly As One-Time Parking Charges Hiked Up To 18 Times

Delhi: Cars To Get Costly As One-Time Parking Charges Hiked Up To 18 Times (representational image)

New Delhi: The Delhi Transport Department has approved a recommendation for a hike by three municipal corporations of the city, that means, in 2019 the car buyers will have to pay higher one-time parking charges. As per the  order, the charges will now range between Rs. 6,000 to Rs. 75,000. 

On Friday, an order was issued by outgoing Transport Commissioner Varsha Joshi, that the new parking charges will be applicable from January 1, 2019.

The transport department collects the parking charges on behalf of the municipal corporations, which claim that it is meant for creating parking infrastructure in Delhi. An official said that the proposal by the three MCDs to hike the charges was pending for quite sometime and was cleared by the transport commissioner on her last day in office.

Bus and taxi operators were quite unhappy by the order, as the annual parking fee for different categories of commercial vehicles will rise from the existing Rs. 2,500-Rs. 4,000 to Rs. 10,000-Rs. 25,000.

As per the order, for private cars and SUVs the one-time parking charge will range between Rs. 6,000 and Rs. 75,000, 18 times the existing rate of Rs. 4,000.

Ms Joshi, who has taken charge as North Delhi Municipal Corporation's commissioner, told PTI that the process of charging the money during vehicle registration is prescribed through a notification of Union Urban Affairs Ministry not by the transport department. She said, The transport department only acts like the post office in the process.

She said, the parking charges mechanism will be replaced by spot parking fees after new parking regulations are notified by the Delhi government.

"Till then this mechanism will be applicable. So we followed an urban affairs ministry notification and issued these orders," Ms Joshi added.

Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot, however, denied having any information about the hike. "I am not aware of any such decision," he told PTI.

The transporters in the city, who were displeased by the government order, threatened to stage a protest against the hike. "We will meet the Chief Minister and the transport minister on Monday against the hike because it will impact us negatively. If need be, we will resort to a strike also," said Shyam Lal Gola, spokesperson of State Transport Authority Operators Ekta Manch.

The president of Delhi Tourist Taxi Transport Association Sanjay Samrat said, it's a very bad move that will pose hardships for all, including the commuters. He said, "We will protest against the Delhi government."

Mr Samrat said that they will meet the Lieutenant Governor to appeal for a rollback of the hike.

An official claimed that the hike, which will boost finances of the civic bodies, may hit the transport department as it is likely that the sale of vehicles may shift to the neighbouring states because there will be a huge variation of rates in Delhi and other parts of the country.