Paid parking lots: MC enforcement team carries out inspection, finds blatant violations

Apart from overcharging, no use of e-ticketing machines, absence of CCTV cameras noticed

Written by Hina Rohtaki | Chandigarh | Published:July 5, 2016 8:39 am
chandigarh pakring lot, parking lot chandigarh, over priced parking lot chandigarh, chandigarh news MC staff members checking the parking lots in sector 35 Chandigarh on Monday. July 04 2016. Express Photo by Sahil Walia

BLATANT VIOLATIONS were found at several paid parking lots during an inspection conducted by the enforcement staff of the Municipal Corporation here on Monday.

Not only the team found the parking attendants fleecing people by overcharging at the parking lot of Sector 35-B, but also found other violations like no use of e-ticketing machines, absence of CCTV cameras and attendants not wearing uniforms.

The checks were carried out following a report in Chandigarh Newsline on how the parking contractors were overcharging people at Sukhna Lake, in Sector 22-B and Sector 35 despite a vigilance probe in the matter.

The team first inspected the paid parking lot of Sector 9. “Here, the contractor was not using any e-ticketing machine and there were no CCTV cameras which are very important in a parking lot. Also, the attendants did not have any name plate,” said incharge Darshan Pal Singh.

The officials then headed to Sector 35-B where they observed from a distance how the parking attendants were charging Rs 10 from car owners even when the rate was Rs 5. Here, the attendants did not have any name plate and e-ticketing machine was not being used. The slips were being issued manually, which is another major violation,” added the official.

In the parking lot of Sector 35-C, the attendants were without uniform and were not using the e-ticketing machines.

The parking lot of Sector 22-B was checked again by the team on Monday. Although they did not find any overcharging here, again absence of e-ticketing machine and attendants without name plates were found.

On Sunday, a ruckus was created at this parking lot when the attendant here was overcharging from car owners. He was taking Rs 10 instead of Rs 5 and issuing slips of M-entry (multiple entry) even when a customer had to enter the market only once. Local councillor Pardeep Chhabra highlighted how overcharging was rampant at the parking lot.

Incharge wants to step down

OVERALL incharge for checking violations at parking lots, Darshan Pal Singh has written to Joint Commissioner Virender Chaudhary requesting him to take the charge from him. Singh was indicted in the vigilance probe in parking violations along with other officials. Singh stated that he had the area of Manimajra and it was difficult for him to keep tabs on all the parking lots in Chandigarh.

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