MC considers change in policy to encourage bids for parking lots

After having failed to auction off its paid parking lots over the past few months,the Municipal Corporation is bringing about a change in its policy.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:September 20, 2012 2:46 am

After having failed to auction off its paid parking lots over the past few months,the Municipal Corporation is bringing about a change in its policy. It has proposed that certain terms and conditions be changed in order to encourage the contractors to take up the lots.

A detailed agenda is likely to be brought up for discussion in the meeting of the general house to be held on September 28. As per the present rules,the allotment of parking lots of a contractor who has been issued four challans is canceled. It is proposed that this clause be removed.

The contractors had submitted a list of their demands to the officials of the civic body recently. These are being considered to be made part of the proposal. Another change that has been proposed is that the bank guarantee that is deposited by the contractors be reduced.

The Municipal Corporation has not been able to auction off the paid parking lots since January this year. While the auction was held,the bids received were less than what the parking lots were auctioned for in the previous years. Due to this the allotment was canceled. Since then,the civic body has been making attempts at the auctioning. No contractor has however shown interest.

Seven paid parking lots are without contractors. The parking situation in the markets has become chaotic. Due to a shortage of space within the parking lots,these are parked haphazardly and on both sides of the road.

Meanwhile,the Finance and Contract Committee of the MC will be discussing the proposal to have fully automated parking lots in Sector 17. The proposal will come up for discussion on Friday.

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