Given the lack of parking space in more residential colonies, it is natural that the government look for a solution. But the solution found—a provision in the new Road Transport and Safety Bill says any new application for a vehicle registration must be accompanied by parking-space proof—is a terrible idea. A better idea would be to tackle the problem from the point of view of master planning. Any new residential colony or apartment, including that by government organisations such as the DDA, must have adequate parking space. It is almost a given that, in even middle class colonies, residents will have cars, so space has to be provided for this.
In cities such as Delhi, when existing structures are razed to build apartments, the law requires the building have adequate parking within its premises—hence the plethora of stilted parking in residences across various colonies. Ironic then, that while increasing the floor area ratio of plots of a certain size in the capital, the government did not specify that more parking space needed to be created. Such changes in master-planning rules, of course, needs to apply to all cities, not just to a handful of larger ones. Needless to say, were public transport to be better, the demand for private cars would reduce.Par