Centre, L-G approve steep parking rate hike
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The Centre and Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna have approved a steep hike in parking rates in the national capital, in a bid to promote public transport and discourage people from using private vehicles. The new rates, if implemented, will be 20 times higher than the present parking rates.
Khanna approved the new parking rates last month, as recommended by the Special Task Force appointed by High Court in 2012.
However, despite the Transport department directing civic agencies, municipal corporations maintained that they had not taken a final decision on increasing parking rates. The order was also sent to other agencies who run parking lots, including the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and Delhi Development Authority.
According to the new rates for non-peak hours — a four-wheeler will be charged Rs 10 for the first 30 minutes, Rs 20 for the first hour and Rs 20 more for every subsequent hour. The cost for parking four-wheelers for 10 hours will be Rs 190.
During peak hours — between 9 am and 11 am and from 5.30 pm to 7 pm — the rates will increase by an additional 50 per cent. The new parking fees for two-wheelers has been set at half the rate for four-wheelers.
At present, civic bodies charge Rs 10 for ten hours on an average.
The civic agency said the rate hike will be implemented only if it is approved by the Standing Committee and the House.
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