AS visitors from across Maharashtra gather at the Kisan Mela in Moshi, the “parking charge” of Rs 50 per hour at the nearby Moshi’s market committee seems to have become an issue. While parking attendants have been making vehicle owners pay the fee, the market committee seems to be unaware of such a charge.
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Over one lakh visitors throng the exhibition grounds to participate in the Kisan Mela, which is possibly the largest agricultural fair in Pune, one which attracts participants from across Maharashtra as well as from neighbouring states.
The fair gives both Indian and multi-national companies an opportunity to exhibit their latest technologies, which in turn are among the main attractions for visitors. The five-day long fair deals with all aspects of the agricultural sector.
While organisers of the fair have made ample parking arrangements near the fair ground, a yellow-and-red parking sign has also been put up near Moshi’s wholesale market, which is usually manned by a group of local residents. These attendants ask visitors to pay Rs 50 as “parking charges” for an hour.
Receipts issued by them bear the name of Shree Nageshwar Parking, but neither have a signature nor a stamp.
Vijay Palande, a local autorickshaw driver, said he was forced to pay Rs 50 although he had entered the area only for a short while.”I had gone to pick up a customer from Moshi’ wholesale market, yet I was forced to pay the amount,” he said. Many of the visitors, who parked their vehicles at the parking lot, said they were not aware of the fact that they would have to pay a “parking fee”.
However, Dilip Khaire, chairman of the administrative board of the Pune wholesale market, said he was unaware of the matter. “We have allowed free parking for the fair. I will look into the matter immediately,” he said.