Municipal corp directs staff to carry out survey on Chandigarh parking lots

The civic body is sure that the administration will hike the parking rates and increase the number of paid parking lots.

Written by Hina Rohatki | Chandigarh | Published: December 4, 2015 8:43:05 am

The municipal corporation on Thursday directed the engineering wing to carry out a fresh survey of the free parking lots to be converted to paid ones.

The civic body is sure that the administration will hike the parking rates and increase the number of paid parking lots.

During the House meet in October, questions were raised on the survey, as very small parking lots were also counted in free parking lots. However, the question of another survey didn’t arise because the House rejected the entire proposal, including the increase in paid-parking lots.

According to the new orders, the engineering wing was directed, “You are requested to assess the feasibility and capacity of proposed parking sites and send the report to this office immediately so that further action in the matter be taken.”

Sources said the municipal officials were prepared that the administration would exercise its special powers and hike the parking rates and increase the number of paid-parking lots. The administration had given the officials sufficient opportunities to consider the proposal. According to the previous proposal, the paid-parking lots were to be increased to 93.

The municipal corporation has rejected the hike in parking rates thrice in the House meets. In the October meeting, it unanimously passed that the privatisation of the three parking lots – Fun Republic in Manimajra, Sector 35 and that of Empire store in Sector 17 – be done. However, the administration, in its notice, hinted at the non-acceptance of privatisation and told the municipal corporation to reconsider the hike and increase in paid parking lots, but the House rejected it.

A hike from Rs 5 to Rs 10 for four-wheelers and from Rs 2 to Rs 5 for two-wheelers was suggested.

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