Privately registered cars and utility vehicles are set to become costlier in the national capital as the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) has proposed an increase in one time parking charge which is collected at the time of new vehicle registration. The move is aimed at checking the rapid rise of vehicle population in the city and in turn, the pollution.
The proposal, if implemented, could result in cars and utility vehicles becoming dearer by around INR 6,000 to 6 lakhs depending on the ex-showroom price. Commercial vehicle prices are expected to be hiked by around INR 9,500 – 36,000.
According to a study, Delhi’s vehicle population stands at around 7.5 million and is rising at a rate of roughly 1,200 vehicles per day. This growth rate directly translates into increased vehicular population. NDMC hopes that increasing the one time parking charges would discourage some car buyers and also help in generation significantly higher revenue. The move exempts taxis, e-rickshaws and e-carts from the fee.
It’s to be noted that South Delhi and East Delhi Municipal corporations are yet to pass a proposal to increase the one time parking charges but SDMC passed a proposal to exempt e-rickshaws and e-cars.
It remains to be seen how effective the increased one time parking charges in Delhi would be in reducing pollution.