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The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) had neglected to distribute new parking slips that reflected the updated prices, leading to concerns among commuters regarding potential deceit in order to avoid payment.

The decision made by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) to increase parking costs by twofold at 38 locations was met with discontent and encountered various conflicts and delays at the designated parking areas on Tuesday. The underlying factor was evident: NDMC had failed to distribute new parking slips that reflected the updated charges. On Tuesday, parking attendants distributed revised parking slips to commuters, causing concerns among the commuters over possible deceit. As a result, several commuters withheld payment until they were issued with what they considered to be the appropriate parking papers. Despite being presented with the NDMC order that confirmed the increased rates, a significant number of individuals considered it to be inadequate.

According to the revised parking fee structure, the hourly rate for four-wheelers is set at ₹40, with a daily maximum fee of ₹200. In contrast, two-wheelers are subject to an hourly charge of ₹20. In the context of multilevel parking facilities, the fees areThe fee for car parking is ₹20 for a maximum duration of four hours.The cost for a duration of four hours for two-wheelers is $10. The photograph was taken by Sanjeev Verma, as indicated by the photo credit.

According to the revised parking fee structure, motor vehicles with four wheels are subject to a charge of ₹40 per hour, capped at a maximum of ₹200 per day. Conversely, two-wheelers incur a tax of ₹20 per hour. In the context of multilevel parking facilities, the fees imposed are ₹20 for a duration of up to four hours for automobiles, and ₹10 for a duration of up to four hours for motorcycles. The photograph displayed above features Sanjeev Verma, captured by HT Photo.

During a routine inspection on Tuesday, HT discovered that the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) had failed to distribute updated parking slips reflecting the raised rates. Consequently, parking attendants were providing commuters with outdated parking slips that had the new prices manually stamped on them, or alternatively, presenting printouts of the NDMC order that elucidated the rationale behind the charge increase.

According to multiple parking attendants interviewed by HT, the primary concern expressed by individuals was not so much the increase in parking fees, but rather the absence of parking slips displaying the updated prices.

On Monday, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) implemented a twofold increase in parking fees for both on-street and off-street parking facilities that are directly supervised by the council personnel in the New Delhi region. This action was taken in response to directives issued by the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) under the Graded Response Action Plan (Grap), with the aim of addressing the air pollution crisis.

According to the directive issued by the municipal authority, the raise will be effective until January 31, 2024. According to the council, the charge for parking handled by NDMC is being increased by a factor of two in order to discourage the use of private transportation.

According to Nadeem Ahmad, the parking attendant at Kartavya Path, visitors to India Gate expressed reluctance to comply with the recently implemented parking fee without being provided with appropriate parking papers. The utilization of fee papers bearing a stamp indicating the updated rates has encountered opposition from fellow commuters, resulting in ongoing disputes. Ahmad stated that the department has been formally requested to generate the new fee slips.

Similar objections were seen by HT at the moment of departure. According to Rahul Sharma, a cyclist hailing from Adarsh Nagar, he expressed no opposition to the revised prices. However, he emphasized the necessity of receiving appropriate documentation. According to Sharma, individuals should not experience a sense of being deceived or defrauded.

Sonu, a parking attendant operating on Kartavya Path, remarked that India Gate attracts individuals who have a preference for cost-effective options. Throughout the course of the day, I have engaged in multiple instances of verbal disagreement. We are effectively managing the utilization of stamped parking fee slips. The speaker expressed optimism that the current situation will be resolved in a timely manner.

At Khan Market, Nagender Kumar, a parking attendant employed by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), was observed in possession of a hard copy of a single-page directive pertaining to the increase in parking fees. As of the present moment, the new parking slips have not yet been obtained. Consequently, we are utilizing a duplicate of the order to inform individuals about the revised charges. The majority of individuals have exhibited a cooperative demeanor; however, it is often necessary for drivers to furnish the requisite parking slips. The individual made an assertion that this situation is leading to difficulties.

According to the existing pricing structure for surface parking, motor vehicles with four wheels are subject to a price of ₹20 per hour, capped at a maximum of ₹100 per day. In contrast, two-wheelers incur a penalty of ₹10 per hour. In the context of multilevel parking facilities, the fees imposed amount to ₹10 for a duration of up to four hours for automobiles, and ₹5 for a duration of up to four hours for motorcycles. The rates experienced a twofold increase since Tuesday.

In contrast, traders have expressed their demand for the implementation of the fee increase throughout all markets, rather than its selective application.

What is the rationale for limiting enforcement to select markets? Sanjeev Mehra, the head of the Khan market vendors’ organization, expressed a lack of comprehension regarding the anticipated reduction in traffic. Individuals who possess automobiles valued at hundreds of thousands or millions of rupees would have no difficulty in affording an additional ₹20. The attendants receive a greater amount of tips. According to the speaker, the increase in prices for goods and services resulting from the raise may deter individuals who have financial constraints from frequenting the markets.

Source- Hindustan times

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