Bringing cheers to Chandigarhians, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has withdrawn the existing hiked parking rates. From Wednesday, residents will be charged a flat rate of only Rs 5 for a two-wheeler and Rs 10 for a four-wheeler.
Under the much touted smart parking system, the parking rates were Rs 10 for a two-wheeler and Rs 20 for a four-wheeler. Also, there were hourly rates in place and the tariff doubled every two hours. However, in a meeting of Finance and Contract Committee, MC scrapped its contract with Mumbai-based firm Arya Toll Infra Limited, delegated the responsibility of managing 25 paid parking lots and the multilevel parking in Sector 17 on smart parking lines.
The rolled back rates of parking fee will be applicable to all parking lots except multilevel parking and parking lots near malls and multiplexes.
This means parking rates at Elante Mall, Piccadally and Fun Republic will remain unchanged.
In the meeting of the F and CC, it was decided that a new model of parking project be got before the house and till then, the rates which were applicable before March 31 this year be implemented again.
Mayor Davesh Moudgil reportedly said, “I did what I said. I had promised the residents that rates will be rolled back. When smart parking facilities are not in place, there is no chance of increased rates.”
With the scrapping of the pact, now the employees of Municipal Corporation are managing the parking lots. The committee also decided that let the manpower be outsourced till the time new structure of parking comes in place.
Mayor Davesh Moudgil has ordered the Chief Engineer to recommend all the parking attendants employed with Arya Toll Infra Limited, who have now been rendered jobless, to take up the work of outsourcing.
Source: The Indian Express
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