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Posted at: Apr 16, 2018, 2:13 AM; last updated: Apr 16, 2018, 2:13 AM (IST)

Roll back parking fee hike: Mayor’s panel

In 90-page report, says firm has failed to provide smart lots
Roll back parking fee hike: Mayor’s panel

Ramkrishan Upadhyay

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 15

A 90-page report of a panel of councillors, headed by former Mayor Rajbala Malk, has rejected the second hike in the parking rates, implemented on April 1 on the grounds that the company had failed to provide smart parking to residents.

The panel nailed the parking company by mentioning details of mismanagement at the lots during checking carried out over a week. Mayor Davesh Moudgil had formed the committee after residents opposed the hike in the parking rates.

The fee for parking a car for four hours has been increased from Rs 10 to Rs 20, up to six hours from Rs 20 to Rs 40 and for up to 12 hours from Rs 50 to Rs 100. The rates for two-wheelers have also been doubled. The rates were  hiked  within three  months of the last  hike.

Among other   members of the committee were Gurbax  Rawat, Anil Dubey,  Farmila   and  Heera Negi. Four councillors were invited to assist the  committee. Rajbala Malik, head of the committee, said haphazard parking was a norm at parking lots and several terms and conditions of the agreement had not been met.

She  said it was nothing but cheating in the  name of smart parking. The  committee  found that four-wheelers were parked in lanes meant for two-wheelers and  manpower at a distance of 50 metres was missing. The required number of CCTV cameras had also not been installed at parking  lots. The smart card-based payment system was also   missing at many places. The  committee  attached supporting pictures of violations  and  mismanagement at the lots. The lots that were inspected  included  those at Elante Mall and Sector 22, 34, 35 and 21.

Most lots had similar shortcomings. At several places, there was no separate parking for the differently abled and women. In some  places,  only  one  or  two people  were managing the   parking lots.

A member of the panel, Maheshinder Singh Sidhu, said they had submitted  the  report and it was now up to the House to take  a final  decision.


Firm threatens to move court 

Sunil Badlani, director of the Mumbai-based Arya Toll Infra Limited, which has been given the parking contract, said the company had already invested over Rs 20 to Rs 22 crore in setting up the parking infrastructure in the city. He said if any injustice was done to them, they would have no option but to move court. He said the company suffered a loss in the initial period when the rates were only  Rs 2 for two-wheelers and Rs 5 for four-wheelers.

fined Rs 33,000 FOR VIOLATIONS

The MC has imposed a penalty of Rs 33,000 on Arya Toll Infra Limited for violations in the terms and conditions of the contract. Sources said the penalty was imposed for 12 types of violations found during the checking carried out by teams constituted by the  MC Commissioner. 

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