Sur­face park­ing ban flouted at Saro­jini Ngr

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY -

New Delhi: Though New Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil (NDMC) has shut down sur­face park­ing lots in Saro­jini Na­gar as per an NGT order and ve­hi­cles are only al­lowed to be sta­tioned in mul­ti­level lots, peo­ple could be seen openly flout­ing the norms on Tues­day.

While NDMC has put up ‘No Park­ing’ signs, con­trac­tors of sur­face park­ing lots con­tinue to al­low ve­hi­cles to use the area. There are 12 sur­face park­ing sites in Saro­jini Na­gar, which ac­com­mo­date around 232 ve­hi­cles. The mul­ti­level park­ing fa­cil­ity has room for 1,300 ve­hi­cles, but most of the times it re­mains empty.

“We had di­rected all sur­face park­ing lots should be shut. How­ever, the traders are not will­ing to park at the mul­ti­level park­ing fa­cil­ity. We are go­ing to bar­ri­cade the area on Wed­nes­day,” said VK Gau­tam, di­rec­tor of Press and In­for­ma­tion.

The traders claim that NDMC is tar­get­ing the mar­ket for no rea­son. “We are pay­ing con­ver­sion charges ev­ery year but the fund is not be­ing utilised,” said Pramod Sharma, a trader in Saro­jini Na­gar.

He added the civic agen­cies are now im­pos­ing their own rules. “The coun­cil has asked us to park at the mul­ti­level fa­cil­ity but it is not prac­ti­cal for all traders,” said Sharma. “NDMC had blocked the main road but peo­ple had no clue where to park.”

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