New Delhi: After all the efforts to control number of private vehicles in the capital proved a damp squib, the state government has now decided to imply congestion fee on the lines of foreign nations.

The government has made itself clear on the new policy to be implemented in the 12th Five Year Plan for which the proposal has already been sent to the Planning Commission. 

Surprisingly, the number of private vehicles has reached 64.52 lakhs in Delhi as compared to just 5.62 lakh in 1981.

According to official sources of the Delhi government, the policy of congestion fee is not new as a committee headed by the former Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta had recommended a similar move but it could not be realized.

However, it is genuine that the government wants to fillip the public transport system before implying such policy.

The sources informed, those entering Connaught Place, Chandni Chowk, Karol Bagh and some specific areas in South Delhi would have to shell out the congestion fee for using private vehicles. Such a rule is already in place in London, Stockholm, Tokyo and many other big cities to prevent traffic congestion.

Moreover, the parking charges will also be raised to discourage use of private vehicles. 

It is to be noted, on an average 1,300 vehicles are registered in the capital per day.

JPN/Bureau