North MCD to open 28 parking lots by month-end
To meet the growing demand for parking space, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (North MCD) will open 28 more parking lots in areas under its jurisdiction by the end of this month.
“We have completed all formalities and short-term tenders will be invited for the parking lots next week. The parking lots, small and large in capacity, will be ready by the end of this month,” said <g data-gr-id="23">Virendar</g> Babbar, vice-chairman of Standing Committee of the civic body.
The demand for parking space is growing as the number of vehicles is increasing <g data-gr-id="19">everyday</g>. But <g data-gr-id="18">lack</g> of availability of land for parking space poses a big challenge, he said.
The 28 parking lots will be opened in crowded parts of the city, including Karol Bag and Civil Lines, and will help ease the parking crisis, Babbar said.
Also, NDMC is working to open over a dozen more parking lots, for which land has been identified and the process of seeking ‘no-objection certificates’ from various departments and agencies is underway. “We have opened over 50 parking lots in the NDMC area recently. There are, at present, nearly 140 parking lots of municipal corporation in North Delhi,” Babbar said.
North MCD Mayor writes to Kejriwal, seeks release of funds
Mayor of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (North MCD), Ravinder Gupta, has asked the Delhi government for the early release of municipal reforms fund and other grants so as to enable the civic body to pay salaries and pensions on time during the festive season. Gupta has written a letter to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, seeking the immediate release of funds and grants under various heads. “The festive season is round the corner, all employees expect salaries, pensions and other payments on time,” he wrote in the letter. Gupta said due to the “non-payment” of global share, municipal reforms fund and other grants to NDMC, <g data-gr-id="42">financial</g> situation of the civic body has become “worse”. The Mayor apprised the Chief Minister that due to non-payment of pension by the corporation for more than a year, nearly 80,000 families have been suffering. “As a result of <g data-gr-id="41">cutting of</g> funds of Rs 158 crore under education head and Rs 30 crore under health head, many important schemes are pending,” he said.