Contractors overcharging,MC talks of e-parking slips

MC Commissioner R K Verma on Monday said the civic body would work on introducing a system of electronically generated slips by parking contractors so that people were not overcharged.

Written by Goyal Divya | Ludhiana | Published:May 21, 2013 3:17 am

MC Commissioner R K Verma on Monday said the civic body would work on introducing a system of electronically generated slips by parking contractors so that people were not overcharged.

The statement came in the backdrop of parking contractors overcharging at various places where parking lots are given on contract. One such incident came to light on Sunday when city resident Harpreet Singh visited Guru Teg Bahadur Charitable Hospital,Model Town,and was asked to pay Rs 20 for parking his car.

However,the parking rates notified by the hospital on its reception clearly specify Rs 10 as the rate. “I asked parking guy why we should pay Rs 20 and he simply said that because it is Sunday,rates are doubled. Nowhere the hospital has mentioned that on Sundays we have to pay double. There is no such rule but just overcharging being done by the contractor,” Singh said,alleging that the parking employee also misbehaved.

When contacted,Dr R S Sodhi,medical superintendent of the hospital,said,“The contractor was given charge recently and if this incident is true then we will terminate his contract immediately. First let us conduct an inquiry and if found guilty,action will be taken.”

Similar complaints came from Feroze Gandhi Market.

On condition of anonymity,a resident said,“The rate for parking a car is Rs 20 but contractor takes Rs 25 and for a scooter,rate is Rs 10 but Rs 15 are taken. When we ask the contractor,he terms it a part of service tax. In MC contract,it is clearly mentioned that the contractor will not recover service tax from people but this is what is going on at the market.”

On March 22 this year,the MC had auctioned this parking lot for Rs 1.90 crore to Krishna Lal and Sons,and the civic body claimed that “there will be no harassment of people with rates fixed at Rs 5 for cycle,Rs 10 for scooter and Rs 20 for car”.

The contractor also allows illegal parking on roads near Nehru Sidhant Kender just to mint extra money,alleged a shopkeeper from the market.

MC commissioner R K Verma,when contacted,said,“Our officials will be sent to the spot to probe and action will be taken against contractor.”

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