February 24, 2016 8:26:08 am
A parking contractor in the city has finally deposited the first installment of the due amount pending against him on Tuesday, after the Municipal Corporation had confiscated some of his items earlier in the week. Tuesday was the last date for him to deposit the money. Several BJP councillors, on the other hand, said that they would stage a protest if the contractor was given an extension in depositing the pending amount.
According to sources, the parking contractor was summoned on Tuesday by the MC and was directed to pay the pending amount of Rs 11.50 lakh. The contractor did not pay the fees to the MC despite repeated warnings. A few days back, MC officials had confiscated some items including parking slips. The MC officials said that the contractor has yet not deposited even 15 per cent of the total pending amount.
Municipal Commissioner, Uma Shankar Gupta, while speaking to Chandigarh Newsline said that the contractor was not paying the due amount and he was strictly told to pay the same. Gupta added that Tuesday was the last day of payment but the contractor had paid only Rs 1.50 lakh and promised to pay the rest on Thursday.
When asked about the renewal of the parking contract, Gupta said that the contractor was not consistent in paying his fees. So, his contract is not going to be renewed. He said that the contract would end in April and fresh tenders would be floated as per the rule and tenders would be given according to the decision of the House.
The parking issue had become a hot topic in the city after the MC took an agenda in the house that the paid parking should be started in all the parkings in the city. In the recent house meeting the BJP councillors took up the matter strongly and said that they will start protest if the paid parking contract is not scraped.
Mayor Kulwant Singh , however, said that paid parking had proved beneficial and helped the MC to generate extra income of Rs 64 lakh.
The SAD councillors, though, did not support the BJP on the issue and opted to remain mute.
The BJP councillors said that they would start an agitation if the parking contract of the present contractor was renewed. BJP Councillor Ashok Jha said that the contractor wanted to pocket the money which he earned from the people without paying the required fees to the MC.
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