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If you live in Delhi and also own a car, be prepared to pay hefty parking charges from November
If you are planning to buy a car this festive season, then this news might stifle your plans as parking a car might get expensive for Delhiites.

If a PTI report is to be believed, the draft named, 'Delhi Maintenance and Management of Parking Rules, 2017', proposes to introduce parking charges in residential areas which means that you might have to pay for parking your car outside your house. The new rules were reviewed by Delhi Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal on Wednesday in view of introducing revised parking charges.

As per the draft policy, the parking charges for residential areas will be decided by the civic agencies after consulting with Residents' Welfare Associations (RWA) in the national capital.

"Dynamic pricing mechanisms such as peak and off-peak fees and exponential increase per hour of use would be used to moderate parking demand," the draft says.

If any petrol or CNG vehicles older than 15 years and diesel vehicles more than 10 years old are found parked on public streets, they would be seized by the concerned authorities, according to the new rules.

The rules also propose that on-street parking for the first hour be priced at least twice as much as off-street parking. The parking fee will increase exponentially every hour to discourage long duration of on-street parking and will be thrice that of off-street parking.

The responsibility of preparing area parking plans will be assigned to MCD deputy commissioners; chairman of New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC); commissioner (Land), Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and CEO of the Delhi Cantonment Board.

An apex monitoring committee chaired by Delhi's Chief Secretary will be responsible for the implementation and compliance of these rules.

A senior government official told the agency that LG had asked Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot and other officials of the concerned department to prepare the draft and make it public within 15 days. He further said, "Once made public, people can give suggestions for around 30 days."

After getting suggestions from people, the department will present a final draft to Delhi LG for his approval and then, it will be notified by the transport department, the official added.

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