South municipality says no need to make stilt parking mandatory for houses above 300 sqm
Municipal officials have proposed to abolish a rule that makes it mandatory for residential buildings more than 300 square metres to have stilt parking within the plot.
Authorities had in 2011 made it mandatory for all new buildings between 100 square metres and 1,000 square metres to have stilt parking to tide over the increasing parking shortage.
But the South municipality has now proposed stilt parking should be mandatory only for buildings from 100 square metres to 300 square metres, and optional for those between 300 square metres and 1,000 square metres.
An official at the Directorate of Local Bodies, the government arm that supervises the city’s three municipalities, said they received the proposal last month.
An official said the proposal follows petitions by residents that the limit on the height of buildings should be raised to create additional space for stilt parking.
“Ever since stilt parking was made mandatory last year, South Delhi residents have requested the Urban Development ministry and the Lieutenant-Governor to increase the height limit for residential buildings from 15 metres to 18 metres to create space for stilt parking,” the official said.
Another senior official said stilt parking is proposed to be optional for buildings between 300 square metres and 1,000 square metres because large houses usually keep sufficient surface parking space.
He said: “Parking is a problem mostly in areas where houses are between 100 square metres and 300 square metres as residents tend to construct on maximum part of the plot.”
The Directorate of Local Bodies will now forward the municipality’s proposal to the Urban Development ministry and the Lieutenant-Governor’s office for discussions, an official said.
Last year’s decision to make stilt parking mandatory was taken to resolve the growing parking problem in residential areas, an official said.
“The decision was made as the number of vehicles per house has been increasing and therefore people park on roads leading to congestion,” the official said.
Stilt parking space is on the ground-level of an apartment building and is common for all the residents of the building. The first residential floor of the building is built above the parking space and is held up by stilts and pillars.