The municipal corporation, which is already facing criticism for managing the existing paid parking lots poorly, has planned to introduce the facility across the city.
In a proposal that would be taken up in the meeting of the General House this month, the municipal corporation has decided to increase the number of paid parking lots from 26 to 93 across Chandigarh. All the parking lots that are free would be made paid.
The proposal, which was an outcome of a week’s survey by the municipal corporation employees, will include new terms and conditions for parking.
Also, the decision of increasing the tariff at the parking lots for vehicle owners would again be taken up before the house. The civic body is again set to propose the hike from Rs 2 to Rs 5 for two-wheelers and Rs 5 to Rs 10 for four-wheelers.
During the previous house meeting, the same issue was raised and a committee was constituted to consider the proposal as the councillors were not in favour of the hike.
After the committee rejected the proposal, the administration had asked the municipal corporation to implement the same shortly.
Talking to The Chandigarh Newsline, joint commissioner Virender Chaudhary said, “It is all to make the parking systematic in Chandigarh. It is just a proposal that would be taken up before the house.” Semi-automatic, e-ticketing also form a part of the new terms and conditions.
Arun Sood, a councillor who was one of the committee members, said, “We are totally against the paid-parking system. I will speak to the adviser in this regard that we should rather go in for privatisation of the parking lots. In place of their advertisement, the company that will take the parking lot will not charge from the vehicle owner.”
He asked, “Our aim should be to provide facility to the vehicle owner or trouble him?”