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The ambitious multi-level parking in Sector 17 has once again forced the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation to go into a huddle to make temporary arrangement for running its operation and management. In a bid to do so, the civic body has invited tender for hiring a firm for two months. The term of firm, which is at present managing the parking, is expiring on November 15.
For two months, MC will pay Rs 9.16 lakh to the firm for running the operations of the parking. As per the laid down conditions, the selected company will have to deploy 4 supervisors, 16 computer clerks, 18 security guards and 20 watchmen for assisting commuters in the parking.
The civic body has been making such temporary arrangements as it has failed to resolve the issue of advertisement rights.
MC joint commissioner Varinder Chaudhary said that they have taken up the issue pertaining to advertisement rights with the UT finance secretary. “We are hopeful of resolving the issue at the earliest,” said Chaudhary.
The parking lot was inaugurated on May 9 and it remained closed for two day— August 9, August 10- after the term of the company-in charge expired. Thereafter, MC gave contract to a firm, which has been given two extensions.
The multi-level parking lot in Sector 17, which has failed to evoke positive response from commuters, has been marred by controversies. Interestingly, the civic body had closed two parking lots — Sahib Singh and Empire Store— in Sector 17 on May 9 to facilitate its opening. The decision had sparked a row with traders taking to the street against the decision blaming BJP Mayor Arun Sood for the closures. The agitation by the traders took a political colour with Congress as well as BJP councillors demanding re-opening of the parking lots. Budging under pressure, the corporation was forced to re-opened the parking lots on May 14.
Developed at the cost of Rs 46.62 crore on an area of 4.78 acres, the parking lot has three levels and can accommodate 931 cars. There are two computerised ticket counters at entry and exit points, two ramps for the entry and exit of vehicles. The parking fee for four-wheelers is Rs 5 for first four hours, Rs 5 for every additional hour. There are eight lifts here and arrangement of e-rickshaws has been made for people.