The reserve price of car parking lots as fixed by the survey of Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has fallen owing to errors in the survey.
The issue emerged when the auction of 13 parking lots at the MCs Zone D office (on June 26) had few takers. Only four of the 13 lots attracted bids with not even a single contractor applying for the remaining 9 sites.
In a re-survey of sites 7 to 13,conducted by an MC team,it has come to light that the lots can actually accommodate lesser number of cars than what MC stated in its prevous survey. It apparently means that for the contractors who applied for the bid,it would have been a deal of loss as income from the parking lot would be much lower than the reserve price set by MC.
After no contractors applied for remaining 9 sites we decided to re-survey the area and cross check our facts. Now we have found that quite less number of cars can be accommodated in sites from 7 to 13 and thus their base prices will now be lowered and tenders will be invited again, said an MC official from Zone D,on the condition of anonymity.
When contacted,Naveen Malhotra,an MC official heading the project said,MC will decide next course of action in a meeting on Tuesday only.
As per earlier survey,sites from 7 to 13 include – Site 7: Gurudev Nagar upto Sandhu Towers 200 cars,Site 8: Sandhu Towers to Malhar Road (122 cars),Site 9: Malhar road to Sarabha Nagar (temple street)-275 cars,Site 10: PAU gate 1 to (opposite) Vishal Mega Mart165 cars,Site 11: Circuit House road to Aarti Chowk – 170 cars,Site 12: Aarti Chowk to Madhok Complex – 200 cars and Site 13: Bhai wala chowk to Irrigation department150 cars.
Now MC in its meeting to be held on Tuesday is expected to lower reserve prices of these sites. We have to dispose off these sites by July 10 as per HC orders even if we need to lower prices for that.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered the Municipal Corporation to convert parking on Ferozepur road into paid parking and abiding by that,the MC divided the road into 13 sites (30 blocks) till Sidhwan canal and invited bids .