The North Corporation and the East Corporation -- as the other two civic agencies in Delhi are known -- will however keep the new rate. SDMC is the richest of the three civic agencies in the national capital. Several income-generating markets such as Central Market and Sarojini Nagar are in south Delhi.
"This (parking fee) hike was for a week-long period only as mentioned in the previous SDMC order. So, from November 16 (today), the old rates will apply," a senior SDMC official, who asked not to be named, told news agency Press Trust of India on Wednesday.
The pollution-fighting parking fee for cars at Rs 80 an hour and Rs 400 for 24 hours have pinched the pocket of motorists, many of who tweeted that the rate was too high.
The Lieutenant Governor had told the municipal agencies and the Delhi Metro to enforce the anti-pollution measures taken by the watchdog Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority, one of which was hiking parking fee.
The level of the pollutant particulate matter PM2.5 and PM10 had peaked and crossed safe levels. Thirty times smaller than the width of a human hair, the size of the PM2.5 pollutant makes it dangerous for the human body. Another pollutant, PM10, may get trapped in the throat, but PM2.5 is fine enough to pass these natural barriers and enter the lungs and the bloodstream, doctors say.
(With inputs from PTI)