The city’s parking woes are now global news. A survey of 20 big cities across the world has found Delhi to be the worst in terms of parking pain. The parking index, formulated by multinational firm IBM, was based on people’s responses to the time taken looking for a parking slot, inability to find a parking space, disagreement over parking spots, receiving a ticket for illegal parking and number of parking tickets received.
It placed New Delhi at the top position with a score of 140, with another Indian city, Bangalore, is close behind in second place. These were the only two Indian cities in the list of 20. With New Delhi striving hard to gain a world-class city tag, the survey said inefficient parking systems is a major setback to the city’s productivity and can directly lead to inefficient services.
The worst city tag for Delhi is not only a reflection of the scarcity of parking slots but also of commuter behavior. The survey found Delhi drivers among the most quarrelsome over parking spaces. Globally, one in four (27%) of commuters reported being involved in an argument with a fellow driver over parking space in the past year. In Delhi, as many as 58% admitted to having got into fights over parking.
The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) is all set to accept applications for new water connections `online from February 20.
Initially, the Water Board will accept applications for 15 mm new water connections. The applicants can either visit the Water Board office at Khairatabad or offices of 14 operations and maintenance (OM) divisions for applying online.
Though the Water Board is working out the feasibility of applicants downloading applications from the boards portal (www.hyderabadwater.gov.in), initially we will start the process of online registration from our own offices, HMWSSBB executive director K Ashok Reddy told TOI.
However, applicants have to pay the processing fee for online applications. Once, the application process is completed, then a copy would be forwarded to the concerned OM division in-charge to get a feasibility report, he said.
In the present system, it takes at least 30 days to sanction a new water connection. However, in the new system, a new connection would be sanctioned within a week or 10 days. The applicant has to visit a nearby OM division office to know the status of the application.