New Delhi: The stringent measure undertaken by Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has ensured that people who have a penchant for parking vehicles in no parking zones and footpaths are left with no other option than to burn a hole in their pocket to get the vehicle back.

Previously, it was only the Delhi traffic police which have made similar efforts to tighten the noose against the errant vehicle owners.

The MCD squad will not only tow the vehicle but also slap a cash fine to the tune of Rs 3000-5000 of people violating the stipulated norms. The fine has been decided keeping a number of factors in mind like the weight of the car, whether it is a small car or a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) and the number of days it is parked illegally.

The civic agency started a drive in the central zone of Delhi in this regard and impounded 40 cars from posh localities of Lajpat Nagar, New Friends Colony, Greater Kailash Part-I and Kalkaji market.

Around Rs 1.5 lakh was added in MCD’s account during the drive as the vehicles owners were made to pay the cash penalty.

Action was also taken against those car dealers who park second hand cars on footpaths for sale. The dealers were heavily fined as Rs 1, 500 was collected as fine from each defaulter, Rs 600 was charged as towing charges and Re 1 per kg of car was shelved out from them.

Head of MCD’s Remunerative Project Cell BN Singh said, “Action against those who illegally park their cars in public places can be taken under Section 321 of Municipal Act. Under this law, strict action can be taken against the defaulters.” He claimed that the agency is engaged in making the parking system sound in the national capital. In the initial phase, the campaign is being held in the main markets of Delhi on large scale.

It should be learnt that Monitoring Committee formed by Supreme Court under the leadership of Bhurelal has mounted pressure on MCD and other agencies for improvement in parking facilities in the national capital.