If the new proposal of the Union government which was announced this Thursday is implemented, people who are planning to buy car or motorcycle will need to prove that they have a parking space available for it.
This move is done in a bid to decongest the city roads. The government may only allow registration of new vehicles only after the buyer produces certificates to the authorities showing the availability of a parking space.
The new rule will make a significant decrease in the annual sales of private cars. As of March 2015, Delhi had more than 26 lakh cars, the highest in any Indian state.
“In future, it would be mandated that no permission would be given to any construction without a toilet… no car or vehicle will be registered without adequate parking space availability certificate,” Union urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu said at a government function in Delhi on Thursday.
“I am holding discussions with (road transport minister) Nitin Gadkari and also sensitising the states. We are moving in that direction”, Naidu added.
Experts welcomed the plan but said the execution faces a number of challenges.
The Centre will need to amend the motor vehicles law, changes to which are already pending parliamentary approval.
The 2016 amendment aims to address the issue of road safety and improve the processes for citizens dealing with transport departments, but they do not mention the particular parking norm.
Once the law is amended and notified, its implementation would fall on civic agencies and transport departments of state government.
Systems will need to be put in place for inspection and certification of parking spaces that new vehicle buyers will require.
Civic officials said existing building bylaws and parking norms may need to be tweaked, which will have to be done by the urban development ministry. “Even though there is no framework as of now, officials from MCDs’ building department can carry out the inspection as they anyway visit sites to issue building plan and completion certificates,” an official said.
Government officials have also warned that implementation will not be easy since a third of Delhi’s population lives in unauthorised colonies. “Apart from illegal colonies, Delhi anyway does not have planned development,” an official said.