The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) issued a statement on Wednesday notifying the increase in the parking charges citing “higher charges by civic agencies”.
“The Metro parking charges have not been changed for the last five years and the current charges are very much lower than the parking charges being levied by civic agencies for their parking lots. It is, therefore, necessary to rationalise the Metro parking charges in view of higher charges by the civic agencies. Accordingly, it has been decided to revise the parking charges with effect from May 1, 2018,” it said.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, disagreeing with the hike, said that the increase in parking charges would “kill” the metro and “increase pollution.”
“First fare hike and now parking charges hike. These steps will completely kill Delhi Metro and increase congestion and pollution on roads. Sad,” Kejriwal said in a tweet.
First fare hike and now parking charges hike. These steps will completely kill Delhi Metro n increase congestion n pollution on roads. Sad https://t.co/f1PWBcduKA
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 25, 2018
Health Minister Satyendar Jain also attacked the hike. “Metro increased parking charges by 50%. Earlier increased fares by 100%. God knows who is advising Delhi Metro,” Jain said.
Metro increased parking charges by 50%. Earler increased fares by 100%. God knows who is advising Delhi Metro.
— Satyendar Jain (@SatyendarJain) April 25, 2018
As per the revised rates, the parking charges have been increased for all forms of vehicles, by at least 50%. The charge for four-wheeler parking for six hours, which was earlier Rs.20, has now been increased to Rs.30. For parking up to 12 hours, the charge has been increased to Rs.50 from Rs.30 charged earlier. The charges for two-wheelers, which formerly were Rs.10 and Rs.15, have now been increased to Rs.15 and Rs.25 respectively. The monthly charges, earlier Rs.1000 for four-wheelers and Rs.475 for two-wheelers, will now go up to Rs.1200 and Rs.600 respectively.
This is third time in less than one year that Metro has revised its charges.