Parking at Metro stations a nightmare
During early morning hours, parking lots at Delhi Metro stations are full to capacity. Despite this, attendants deployed at parking lots allow commuters to park vehicles, adding to the chaos.
According to a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) official, around 75 per cent of the total commuters – using Metro services – come in their private vehicles and park them at the nearest station.
Commuters said <g data-gr-id="38">driving</g> out of parking lots is a nightmarish experience. “Many a time, there is no guard or attendant to help us find a parking space or adjust our vehicles. They are active only in charging <g data-gr-id="37">parking</g> fee. At the time of giving a parking slip, as many as 5-6 attendants block our way.
After handing over the slip, they are never to be seen in the parking zone. Similarly, when we drive out our vehicles, they rush to take the parking fee,” said Rajnish (25), a commuter, who used to park his vehicle at the Govindpuri Metro Station.
Speaking to Millennium Post, a parking official at the Badarpur Metro Station said: “After <g data-gr-id="33">8am</g>, there is no parking space left and throughout the day commuters come and park their vehicles. We <g data-gr-id="32">cannot say a no</g> to them. At times, we allow three times more vehicles at the parking lot than the permissible limit.”
Many a time, the DMRC has received complaints about the space crunch and instructions have been given to the parking attendants to provide efficient services to commuters, but in vain. There are over 100 Metro stations that provide parking space to commuters. The total parking area around Metro stations is more than 3.5 lakh square metres.