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Posted at: Jul 11, 2018, 2:25 AM; last updated: Jul 11, 2018, 5:05 PM (IST)

Old parking rates back in Chandigarh

For cars flat rate of Rs 10 while five rupees for two wheelers

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10

In a major relief to residents, the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) of the Municipal Corporation has decided to revert to the parking charges that were prevalent before March 31 this year.

In a meeting here on Tuesday, the committee decided that the old rates should be brought in force immediately with an anticipatory approval of the MC General House.

The committee decided to end the hourly fee and charge Rs 5 for parking of two-wheelers and Rs 10 for four-wheeler at flat rate from July 11. Besides, the monthly pass facility has been scrapped for the time being. The rates for multi-level parking in Sector 17 will, however, remain the same. Monthly passes for parking of two-wheelers and four-wheelers will also continue to exist.

Mayor Davesh Moudgil said the F&CC members asked the MC officials to immediately start exploring a better model for running the paid parking lots in the city and bring the agenda in the next General House meeting for discussion so that a decision could be taken on the issue.

He said the committee further decided to deploy 480 personnel in two shifts for running the paid parking lots for a period of two month or till the fresh tender for operation and management of the facilities was received by the civic body. Besides, 55 supervisors will be collecting cash and keeping a check at the parking lots.

Moudgil said a committee comprising MC Joint Commissioner, Chief Engineer and Chief Accounts Officer, had been formed to fulfill the procedural formalities to run these parking lots by increasing the number of outsources employees by 480.

The F&CC meeting was held under the chairmanship of Mayor Davesh Moudgil and was attended by other members of the panel, namely Anil Kumar Dubey, Farmila, Gurbax Rawat, Heera Negi and Raj Bala Malik. MC officials, including Additional Commissioners Saurabh Mishra and Anil Kumar Garg, Joint Commissioner Tejdeep Singh Saini and Chief Engineer Manoj Bansal were also present.

Firm moves HC

Officials of M/s Arya Toll Infra Ltd, the firm running the paid parking lots in the city till Sunday, said the contractor on Tuesday challenged the decision of the MC to cancel the parking contract in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, claiming it to be injustice.

Out of job, Arya Toll staff hold protest

A large number of employees of the parking firm, M/s Arya Toll Infra Ltd, protested against the decision of cancelling the pact with their employer at the office of the civic body in Sector 17 here on Tuesday. The employees said the MC should have thought about their future as they had been rendered jobless with its decision.

Timeline

June 19, 2017: MC signs contract with Mumbai-based Arya Toll Infra Limited to run parking lots with smart facilities 

December 8, 2017: Parking charges raised for the first time. Parking fee for two-wheelers increased from Rs 2 (full day) to Rs 5 for first four hours and Rs 5 for subsequent two hours. For four-wheelers, the rate increased from Rs 5 (full day) to Rs 10 for the first four hours and Rs 10 for subsequent two hours.

April 1, 2018: Rates hiked again despite the Mayor’s opposition. New parking charges for two wheelers fixed at Rs 10 for the first four hours and Rs 10 for subsequent two hours. For four-wheelers, the rate hiked from Rs 10 to Rs 20 for the first four hours and Rs 20 for subsequent two hours.

April 16, 2018: MC House writes to the UT Administration seeking roll back of the second hike in parking charges; the latter refuses to intervene 

May 22, 2018: Finance and Contract Committee recommends cancellation of the contract with the parking firm

May 24, 2018: MC General House fails to reach a decision on pact cancellation

July 3, 2018: Parking contractor fails to pay quarterly licence fee 

July 4, 2018: MC slaps cancellation notice on the firm

July 9, 2018: Civic body scraps contract, takes over all paid parking lots in the city

July 10, 2018: Finance and Contract Committee decides to revert to old parking charges

MC to deploy its 480 men at lots: Mayor

The F&CC has decided to deploy 480 employees in two shifts at the paid parking lots for a period of two months or till a fresh tender for operation of the facilities is received by the civic body. — Davesh Moudgil, Mayor

Rates should be reduced further: Babla 

The rates should be reduced further. The MC should charge Rs 2 for parking of two-wheelers and Rs 5 for four-wheelers as the lots have not been turned into smart facilities.— Devinder Singh Babla, Leader of the Opposition

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