NEW DELHI: To tackle the menace of abandoned vehicles parked illegally on main or arterial roads for months or even years, South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has decided to impose a fine of Rs 2 per kg (weight of vehicles) every day on such vehicles after confiscating them.
The issue was raised by standing committee member Bhupender Gupta during the last committee meeting, wherein a majority of members agreed that the old and abandoned vehicles parked on roadsides interrupt traffic movement, lead to jam, damaging of roads and also hinder sweeping or sanitation exercise in the area. In some cases, the broken vehicles even become a source of mosquito breeding.
“There are chances that these vehicles could be stolen or belong to tour and travel agencies. Taking stern action against violators we carried one such intensive drive in all four zones last month and confiscated at least 250 vehicles, which were not removed despite pasting challans on them for 10 days,” said Gupta.
He added , “There were instances when these cars were parked on the sides of roads, nullah or parks by people living in other colonies just because they don’t have parking space in front of their houses. Through our drive, we generated an amount of Rs 20 lakh from the challans or auctioning of such vehicles.” “I have asked the SDMC commissioner to formulate a policy specifying all terms and conditions for dealing with such old or abandoned vehicles on main arterial roads. However, no action was recommended against parked vehicles on internal roads,” he further said.
Members of the standing committee suggested that teams should identify such vehicles, paste notices on them and if no response came even after one week then these vehicles should be towed away and auctioned within 30 days.

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