The Hush Post: Chandigarh Administration has finalised the draft parking policy which includes imposing congestion charges, road tax up to 50 per cent the price of the vehicle, increase in the parking charges and penalty. The proposal is to discourage people from using vehicles. The minimum parking fee could be Rs 10 for the first half-hour, Rs 25 for one hour and Rs 81 for two hours. The parking charges will be linked with the collector rates of the area. Residents will send their objections to the policy within 15 days.
Congestion charges will be introduced in Sector 17, 22, 35 and 43, high-density commercial markets and in Industrial Area, Phase I and II. In the morning and evening hours the user fee will be high since they are the peak hours.
The congestion charges will be in addition to the parking charges being paid by residents in these markets but will be decided later. Other measures include plying of staff buses by offices with more than 50 employees, a penalty of Rs 1,000 per car per day will be levied for all cars parked outside the premises. Working Place Parking Levy (WPPL) will be introduced in public institutions and the same may be extended to private institutions later.
To encourage low carbon travel modes, employers may provide incentives, passes to public transport users. Revenue generated from the WPPL may be used in improving the public transport infrastructure to make it more attractive. The boundary wall of marla houses will have to be demolished to accommodate vehicles. Community parking in each sub-sector shall be created by using neighborhood commercial and institutional parking lots overnight, on a rental basis.
CERTIFICATE OF ENTITLEMENT FROM THE NEW YEAR
The certificate of entitlement (COE) will be mandatory after January 1, 2018, for the purchase of a car. It is a licence received in a successful winning bid in an open bid uniform price auction which grants the legal right of the holder to register, own and use a vehicle within the city for a period of 10 years.
ORGANISERS OF FUNCTIONS TO PROVIDE SHUTTLE SERVICE
The organisers, industrial owners shall arrange a shuttle service from prominent locations in times of functions, melas or gatherings within the sectoral grid of Chandigarh and industrial areas attract a huge number of cars. Institutions like schools will have to demarcate pick-up and drop off zones and must implement signage showing the time limit for picking up and dropping schoolchildren.