Four parking lots find no takers,MC losing lakhs

With the Municipal Corporation unable to find takers,for four paid parking lots,over the past six months,the civic body has been suffering losses worth lakhs every month.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: June 2, 2012 2:57 am

With the Municipal Corporation unable to find takers,for four paid parking lots,over the past six months,the civic body has been suffering losses worth lakhs every month.

The parking lots were auctioned in January this year. With the highest bid being less than what the parking lots had fetched in the previous auction,auction observers had raised objections. Following the objections,the bidding process were cancelled. Another auction held in February,for these parking lots,was a failure.

The civic body has not been able to formulate a policy that would ensure a favourable response to the auction. No contractor has responded to tenders that were called recently for holding the auctions afresh. While technical bids were to be opened a few days back,no contractor has applied.

While the Finance and Contract Committee of the Municipal Corporation formulated a revised policy for the parking lots,this did not seem favourable to the contractors. The aim of the policy was to ensure wider participation from the contractors,which did not happen.

The civic body,meanwhile,is losing revenue amounting to lakhs of rupees with the parking lots not being auctioned. The parking lots would have fetched around Rs 3 to 4 lakh a month. The condition of the parking lots also continues to be haphazard. The two parking lots where the token system was introduced are more organized than the others where the number of vehicles parked are much higher than the capacity.

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