FACING FLAK for interfering and dictating decisions to the Municipal Corporation, the UT Administration has decided not to exercise its special powers by hiking parking rates but to leave it to the House to “restructure and streamline the entire parking project again”.
“The administration won’t be increasing any rates. Rather, it is being left to the House only to chalk out a proper solution for regulating parking. The administration wants the House to take the issue up in the next House meet,” said a senior officer, requesting anonymity.
Even as the officers of the civic body had asked the UT Administration last week to take a final call in the matter despite the House rejecting the increase in rates and going ahead with privatisation on a pilot basis, the administration is sending the MC’s recommendations back with a note asking the House to reconsider the project.
After sending the recent proposal to the administration, the MC officers were sure of getting an order on implementing the new rates as the administration had already issued them warnings about increasing the rates. They had suggested a hike from Rs 5 to Rs 10 for four-wheelers and from Rs 2 to Rs 5 for two-wheelers.
“We expect to receive this note by the administration in the coming week. As and when we receive it, we’ll place the parking project in the House meeting,” said a senior officer of the MC.
In its fresh proposal to the administration, MC had mentioned disadvantages of giving the paid parking lots to private companies on a pilot basis as approved by the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC). “MC has already burnt its fingers in the Selvel issue,” senior MC officers had stated in the proposal, making a reference to the anomalies that emerged following allotment of toilet blocks to a private company for maintenance.
Before the recommendations, F&CC had approved that parking lots of Sector 35, Fun Republic in Manimajra and Sector 17 Empire store be given to private companies that won’t charge any money from residents. However, MC officers recommended non-viability of privatisation and ‘justified’ hike.