After receiving a single bid for the smart parking project, the Finance and Contract Committee on Tuesday decided to reduce the reserved price of the parking lots from Rs 3.4 crore to Rs 2 crore and float tenders again. Several other conditions were also relaxed by the committee. With the new conditions, the municipal corporation would float tenders again this month to convert the city parking lots into smart ones. Mayor Arun Sood said: “While an applicant was required to have an experience of managing 1,000 cars, it has been reduced to 500. We have made it financially viable for the applicants.”
The civic body planned to convert the parking lots into smart ones to make the chaotic parking in the city systematic. It had invited big companies in the bids for managing the parking lots instead the contractors. As many as 25 parking lots were to be converted into smart parking.
Following haphazard parking and irregularities by the parking contractors, who would overcharge commuters, the municipal commissioner had ordered to invite big companies to manage the parking lots.
The civic body had conducted a series of checks wherein they found that vehicle owners were overcharged. Instead of Rs 5 (the rate permitted by the MC) for car owners, the contractors charged Rs 10 and sometimes even Rs 20.
According to the smart parking system, there would be a central server, which will connect the management of all the parking lots. CCTVs will be installed from where the employees and municipal officials will overlook all the activities.
A mobile application would be in place for city residents to check the live status of the parking situation in a particular parking lot. No hike in the parking rates was proposed.
Also, there would be smart rechargeable cards for entry at the parking lots, which will be made at the e-sampark centres. The parking lots were to be made fully-automatic with boom barriers.
The move to have smart parking lots was approved by the Finance and Contract Committee also.
Panel To Ask UT To Construct Sheds At New Car Bazaar Site
The Finance and Contract Committee decided to ask the Chandigarh administration to construct fabric sheds for the cars at the new Car Bazaar site earmarked at Hallomajra. It was also decided to auction the car bazaar site before October 20. The civic boy has allocated about 5 acres for the Car Bazaar in Hallomajra. At present, it is operating from the parking lot of Sector 7-C on Madhya Marg.
Other Agendas Approved
The Finance and Contract Committee accorded approval for the purchase of cars worth Rs 21.1 lakh for its officials. There would be one Maruti Ciaz for the chief engineer and two Boleros for the horticulture wing. The committee also accorded approval to
the setting up of physiotherapy centers in the dispensaries of sectors 38 and 20, said Sood. Eleven village shops at Badheri, Buterla and Burail would also be given on a lease hold basis for 99 years.