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DDA’s ‘gifts’ not enough for cash-strapped civic bodies

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The Hindu      11.07.2016  

DDA’s ‘gifts’ not enough for cash-strapped civic bodies

Over 50 parking sites were handed over recently to help boost revenue

Money churner:Among the parking sites transferred are those in Nehru Place and Janakpuri in South Delhi, Rajendra Place and Netaji Subhash Place in North Delhi.File photo
Money churner:Among the parking sites transferred are those in Nehru Place and Janakpuri in South Delhi, Rajendra Place and Netaji Subhash Place in North Delhi.File photo

The Delhi Development Authority may have gifted the three municipal corporations over 50 parking sites recently to help them boost revenue, but for the cash-strapped civic bodies these won’t make much difference.

The DDA had announced on April 27 that it would transfer the work of operating and maintaining its parking facilities in commercial centres to the municipalities in the interest of better and more efficient services.

In many markets and commercial centres, the DDA owned the land, while the municipal corporation concerned carried out sanitation work. The parking was outsourced to a private agency.

“…It has been decided to transfer this revenue stream from parking to the municipal corporations, which would boost the revenues of the Corporation as the services transferred to them involve substantial expenditure,” a DDA statement said.

While the corporations have no ownership rights over the land, a total of 54 parking sites, both currently in use and vacant, were recently transferred to the corporations for operation and maintenance.

The North and East Delhi municipal corporations, which have been undergoing a severe financial crisis, have been handed over 15 and 11 sites respectively. However, the addition is unlikely to make a dent in their mounting woes.

Not quite enough

“These additional parking lots will not have a major impact on our revenue. It is a welcome step nonetheless. What we need is the Delhi government to release the thousands of crores it owes to the corporations,” said Parvesh Wahi, chairperson of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation’s Standing Committee.

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation, which is the only financially-stable civic agency, has been given 28 parking lots by the DDA.

Subhash Arya, Leader of the House in the SDMC, said the parking sites would not make much of a difference, but the transfer from DDA would improve services.

“All parking lots in an area would be maintained by one agency, making the delivery of services more efficient,” said Mr. Arya, adding that the SDMC made Rs.30 crore to Rs.35 crore from its 78 parking lots annually.

Among the parking sites transferred are those in Nehru Place and Janakpuri in South Delhi, Rajendra Place and Netaji Subhash Place in North Delhi, and Laxmi Nagar and Karkardooma in East Delhi.

At present, the parking sites are being integrated into the existing system of the corporations, before they are outsourced to private agencies.

 

Parking rate hiked in Hauz Khas

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The Hindu      23.03.2016   

Parking rate hiked in Hauz Khas

Users of the surface-level parking at Hauz Khas market will have to shell out Rs.100 from Wednesday, with the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) hiking the charges in the hope that the multi-level facility at the market gets more takers.

The multi-level lot, where the parking charge is Rs. 20 per hour, has been under-utilised since it opened last year, as visitors to the market prefer to park on the road.

“The multi-level parking lot at E-Block market is not fully utilised. People park on the roads, which leads to congestion as well,” said SDMC Standing Committee chairperson Radhey Shyam Sharma.

He was speaking at a meeting of the Standing Committee on Tuesday, when the civic body also decided to give 68 of its 146 parking sites to the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) on a pilot basis. The 68 sites had been running free of charge as efforts to get contractors had failed.

These sites caused the SDMC a loss of Rs.50 crore in this financial year. Commissioner Puneet Kumar Goel said the sites would be run by DIMTS for a few months on a pilot basis, before the contract was given.

 

BBMP, BMTC to join hands to put up bus shelters

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The Hindu       29.01.2015    

BBMP, BMTC to join hands to put up bus shelters

Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) will join hands to construct people-friendly bus shelters.

There are 736 bus shelters in the city that have been put up by advertisement agencies. Instead of information about bus schedules and routes, only advertisements are displayed, pointed out councillor N.R. Ramesh.

BBMP Commissioner M. Lakshminarayana said that BMTC’s Managing Director Ekroop Caur had apprised him about bus shelters being installed where buses don’t stop and near signals. “BMTC is working towards linking GPS in the buses to the bus shelters. For this, BMTC requires 50 per cent of space in the bus shelters. BMTC has also submitted a design for the shelters,” he said. BBMP and BMTC are likely to sign a memorandum of understanding in this regard. No new bus shelters would be constructed without BMTC’s approval, he added.

 
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