The Delhi government has announced that it will commercialize parking spaces in the capital. One will now have to purchase a parking space before buying a vehicle.
Most people happy
Reacting to this move, a man with a generic name and face said, “This is a welcome move and should have been put in place a long time ago.”
Shivam Tyagi, from Meerut, who lives in Delhi at his girlfriend’s place in Mayur Vihar, has already purchased a spot. “We never imagined that we would be the proud owners of a parking spot. I can now come home safe in the knowledge that I will have a spot which will always be there.
“So what if I still don’t have a car. I can rent out my spot and from that money, buy another parking spot, and then eventually buy a car, for which I will have to buy another spot because I’ve rented out all my spots… I think.”
Deepak, another Delhiite, expressed excitement: “I will no longer have to sleep outside my house to ensure that no one parks there. In fact, I won’t even have to park my scooter diagonally to reserve the spot. I can finally drive my scooter around, and sleep inside the house after thirty-two years.”
What happens when the city runs out of space?
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressed said, “This is just the beginning. We have greater plans ahead. For instance, we intend to convert all main roads and highways in and around New Delhi into parking spots. It will be a great source of revenue.
“We will be a city of cars that are parked all day and all night. But if you look at it from a more optimistic perspective, running on the roofs of cars is the coolest thing one can do.”
The Chief Minister confirmed that owners of existing vehicles would also have to buy their own parking spots. This came as a rude shock to many people who liked to paint “reserved” on stationary objects outside their houses.
Haters gonna hate
However, there was also a section of the population that expressed displeasure. “This is absurd. I have painted ‘reserved’ on the trees in front of at least five houses in the neighbourhood with my own hands,” said Rahul.
“In an ideal and honest world, this means that those spots belong to me and that those trees are also now mine. Does the law of ‘first come first serve’ not stand for anything any more?”