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Civic body wants parking levy back

New Delhi, Sep 25, 2012, DHNS : 1:40 IST

Otherwise MCDs will lose Rs 100 crore every year

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation has demanded the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi to revoke the decision to stop collecting one-time parking fees from the newly-registered private vehicles and annual parking fees from commercial vehicles.

Standing committee chairman Yogender Chandolia has written to Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna, requesting him to revoke the order otherwise it would cause revenue loss to the civic bodies.

Chandolia alleged that the Delhi government is misusing its powers to economically weaken the BJP-ruled municipal corporations by doing away with parking charges.
“It’s a political move and the three municipal corporations would incur a combined loss of around Rs 100 crore per year due to it,” Chandolia said.

“The loss could in fact be higher, keeping in view the increasing number of vehicles every year.”

The parking charges are collected by the transport department as per provisions of section 321 of the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act and five per cent of the fee is paid to the transport department by the MCD as collection charges.

The parking charges were abolished citing reasons that the money accrued is not being used for the desired purpose of developing parking lots in the city, Chandolia said.

“The collection of parking fees was initiated on the proposal of the Congress-ruled unified MCD in 2006. But now the BJP rules in all three corporations,” he added
“The lieutenant governor has not been provided with facts about utilisation of
the parking fees for constructing new parking projects,” he said.

Chandolia said the unified MCD initiated the projects of developing parking at Q Block, Pitampura, Central Market Ashok Vihar, Kamla Nagar, Shastri Park, Sant Nagar, Rani Bagh, Lakkar Mandi, Padam Singh Marg, Karampura Commercial Complex and Qutab Road, where almost 5,000 cars could be parked.

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