Surface parking ban flouted at Sarojini Ngr
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.”