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Recently, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) informed the apex court about the parking policy in the city.

The authority suggested that the residential parking price should be finalized jointly by the local agency and RWA or shopkeepers association and it should be based upon the principle of charging differential and higher rates for additional cars.

The panel also suggested that the local parking plan must have a provision for movement of emergency vehicles and green areas. While both the parks and footpaths should not be allowed for parking.

The parking in residential areas must be the joint responsibility of local agencies, such as the DDA and other land-owning agencies, RWAs and shopkeepers associations. The roles and responsibilities of RWAs and other local shopkeepers associations should be clearly identified depending upon the parking management plan.

EPCA said that joint coordination is important to manage multiple road types such as service roads, residential lanes and commercial and mixed land use areas. A problem might arise in the absence of joint responsibility such as if residential areas demarcate parking and provide permits but the same is not done in case of mixed land use areas. This will result in vehicular congestion and the same will create the law-order problems.

Earlier, the Supreme Court disapproved the proposal to charge residents for parking cars outside their houses in the residential colonies stating that such a policy was not feasible and was not practical.

Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta had said it is not practical that one cannot park his/her vehicle outside the home. How can you refrain someone from parking their vehicle outside their home?

The new parking policy ‘Delhi Maintenance and Management of Parking Rules, 2017’ that was framed on the directive of Supreme Court had dropped controversial provisions by the Delhi government that stated that the parking in residential colonies would be allowed only in demarcated areas on public spaces against parking charges.