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Civic body cracks whip on contractors violating norms

chandigarh Updated: Jan 30, 2015 07:31 IST

Coming down heavily on parking lots not following norms, the enforcement department of the municipal corporation penalised 12 parking contractors on Thursday.

Among these contractors was the one for the parking lot outside Elante Mall, who was fined for the fourth time in the past week.

Taking note of a flurry of complaints by residents, surprise checks were conducted at the parking lots on the directions of additional commissioner Sarita Malik.

The checks were conducted at the parking lots at Elante Mall; Industrial Area, Phase 1; Dr Sahib Singh parking lot, Jagat parking lot, Anand parking lot and lots near Empire store, bank square, medical officer health, Madhya Marg in Sector 17, Sector 34, Sector 35, Sector 22 (opposite inter-state bus terminus in Sector 17), Sukhna lake and Fun Republic, Manimajra.

Surprisingly, not even a single parking lot was found free of violations. As a result, fine ranging from Rs 5,000 to 8,000 was imposed on the contractors depending upon the violation.

The contractor at the parking lots near Sukhna Lake and Fun Republic was found charging Rs 10 as parking fee from four-wheeler owners instead of the approved Rs 5.

It was the fourth surprise check at Elante mall in the past week and the lot was yet again found violating norms. As a result, the parking contractor was fined Rs 5,000, leading to total fine of Rs 40,000 in the past week alone.

Though on Thursday there was no instance of overcharging, there have been several complaints of overcharging from Elante Mall, Sukhna lake and Fun Republic parking lots in the past eight months.

Speaking to Hindustan Times, Sarita Malik said, “We will not tolerate violations and will continue to conduct surprise checks. Appropriate action will be taken in case they do not comply with directions.”

In the finance and contract committee meeting held in August last year, it was decided that if the contractor was caught overcharging for the seventh time, he will pay Rs 10,000 as fine. For the first overcharging complaint, the fine is Rs 500 and Rs 1,000, Rs 1,500, Rs 2,500, Rs 5,000 and Rs 7,500 for second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth complaints respectively.