Proposal for web-based parking solution

Greater Kailash Part II and Bhikaji Cama Place are the choice for a pilot project under a proposal for a web-based parking solution to root out the mafia that rules the parking lots in the city. Connaught Place may also be taken up as a pilot project.
Chief minister Sheila Dikshit has constituted a core group under the chairmanship of chief secretary Rakesh Mehta to study the proposal. The Delhi government is considering a web-based parking solution to put an end to control of parking lots by mafia, leakage of revenue and encroachment on non-parking areas in the capital.

A presentation on Information Technology-enabled Parking Management System was made before chief minister Sheila Dikshit in a meeting on the parking issue on Tuesday.

After the presentation, the CM set up a core group. The committee will have on board commissioner (transport), commissioner (MCD), chairman (NDMC), secretary (IT), Jt. CP (traffic), project director (Survey of India) and a representative from National Innovation Council to look into how the proposal can be executed. The core group has been asked to give its report to the CM.

The proposal aims at developing a web-based parking solution, which will eliminate human intervention. It is a broad-based proposal in which payments can be facilitated over mobile phones and it will be possible to track availability of parking space online.

It has been proposed that two pilot projects will be taken up at Bhikaji Cama Place and GK-II. Greater Kailash II has been chosen for the pilot project in the residential category. Bhikaji Cama Place has been chosen as it is a busy official hub. Connaught Place may also be included in the pilot project later as a case study for a commercial hub.

If cleared, the web-based parking solution will be implemented as a pilot project for six months to see the effectiveness and viability of the new system.

According to secretary IT, Delhi government, Savitur Prasad, the proposal aims at providing a scientific solution which ensures transparency.

For instance, using the data on the expanse and profile of the colony available through GIS maps, the web-based solution will make use of information on houses and space available in GK-II. A plan for parking and an assessment of the number of cars in the colony will be made in collaboration with the civic body in charge of the colony, the RWAs and the traffic and Delhi Police. Space for parking will be earmarked and random parking on the roads will be organised for better management. All this will be coordinated through a web-based model to put an end to manipulation by the parking mafia.

In case of a parking area like the one around Bhikaji Cama Place, the parking will be mapped and it will be possible to find out the availability of parking online. The proposal also talks of a provision to allow booking of parking space and even payment of the parking charge over the mobile. 
City of New Delhi
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