Chandigarh Municipal Corporation receives single bid, plan for smart parking falls flat

The civic body had invited big companies in the bids for managing the parking lots instead the contractors.

Written by Hina Rohtaki | Chandigarh | Published:September 17, 2016 5:08 am
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The municipal corporation’s plans to have smart parking in the city fell flat with only one company turning up in the technical bids that were opened on Friday.

The civic body planned to convert the parking lots into smart ones to make the chaotic parking in the city systematic.

The civic body had invited big companies in the bids for managing the parking lots instead the contractors. As many as 25 parking lots were to be converted into smart parking.

A senior official said: “Only one company came forward. One company cannot be allotted the tender. So, we are likely to open the bids again since this one failed.”

Following the haphazard parking and irregularities by the parking contractors, who would overcharge commuters, the municipal commissioner had ordered to invite big companies to manage the parking lots.

The civic body had conducted a series of checks wherein they found that vehicle owners were overcharged. Instead of Rs 5 (the rate permitted by the MC) for car owners, the contractors charged Rs 10 and sometimes even Rs 20.

According to the smart parking system, there would be a central server, which will connect the management of all the parking lots. CCTVs will be installed from where the employees and municipal officials will overlook all the activities.

A mobile application would be in place for city residents to check the live status of the parking situation in a particular parking lot. No hike in the parking rates was proposed.

Also, there would be smart rechargeable cards for entry at the parking lots, which will be made at the e-sampark centres. The parking lots were to be made fully-automatic with boom barriers.

The move to have smart parking lots was also approved by the Finance and Contract Committee.

At present, 10 parking lots out of 25 are lying vacant since nine months and the civic body has suffered a loss of nearly Rs 3 crore. The civic body has been facing a lot of criticism for not being able to manage the parking lots well.

Nine bikers get challans for wrong parking

The enforcement wing of the municipal corporation on Friday issued challans to nine motorcyclists and imposed a fine of Rs 1,500 on the violators for parking vehicles wrongly in Sector 17.

“All the vehicles were parked outside the multilevel parking in a wrong manner. Therefore, we challaned them,” said an enforcement official.

The enforcement department had also written to the municipal commissioner for providing them with 10 wheel clamps, but till now they have not got any approval.

The officials stated that because of locks and handbrakes, it was difficult to tow vehicles using a crane.

The traffic police have been using wheel clamps for challaning offenders and a fine of Rs 1,500 is imposed on them.

At present, the civic body tows wrongly-parked vehicles using a crane. The charges for the crane to lift a vehicle are added to the fine amount of the violator. A crane would charge Rs 500 per vehicle for lifting.

The Congress had raised questions on the system of challaning. The municipal corporation was under fire for issuing challans of Rs 3,500 for wrong parking.

This step was taken to make the multilevel parking a success, so that people stop parking on the roads and go to the multilevel parking.