| Congestion and parking woes |
|Cars across the country are increasing by leaps and bounds and are choking roads.
According to Delhi's Economic Survey, in 2012-13 Economic Survey, Delhi had 7.4 million cars; this was more than total number of cars in Mumbai, Chennai and Calcutta.
Reportedly, nearly 1200 new cars hit the streets every day and brawls and fights over parking issues are a common occurrence in Delhi.
| Car buyers may need to show proof of parking |
23 Dec 2016
|Union government is working on a proposal that would impact everyone planning to buy a car.
The government announced yesterday, that buyers of new cars or bikes will now have to render proof of adequate parking space and undergo an inspection of parking spaces.
If implemented, it is possible that this rule would have a significant impact on car and bike sales.
| A parking 'rider' |
|In order to mitigate congestion Urban Development Minister, M Venkaiah Naidu, said it could soon be mandatory to provide a 'parking space certificate' otherwise registration of vehicles won't be allowed.
If enforced, a physical verification will be carried out by the transport department and issued by the nearest police station.
Discussions are currently ongoing with Transport Ministry led by Nitin Gadkari.
| Urban Minister, Venkaiah Naidu's statement |
|"In future, no car or vehicle will be registered without an adequate parking space available certificate. I am very keen on this. I am holding discussion with the surface transport minister and also sensitizing the states. We would be moving in that direction."|
| HP and Sikkim lead the way |
|A car parking space as a pre-requisite to registering new cars has been inspired from Tokyo.
To deal with menace of congestion, several Indian states have already implemented this.
Sikkim was the first to implement this; Himachal Pradesh made a parking-space certificate mandatory last year.
This month, it was implemented in districts of Agra, Mathura and from next year will be implemented across UP.
| Execution could be challenging |
|Government officials warned that cities like Delhi, one-third populace lived in unauthorized colonies and rest of Delhi does not have planned development. Among all states, as on March 2015, Delhi has the highest number of cars - 26 lakhs.|