Although the municipal corporation (MC) has issued termination notices to contractors of parking lots outside Elante Mall and Sukhna Lake for overcharging and other violations, they continue to fleece people.
As per the termination notice, the contractors have been directed to hand over possession of the parking lots to the MC on May 20.
On April 7, the MC had issued show-cause notices to both the contractors. Still, every day, violations like haphazard parking, non-deployment of staff at every 50 metres, non-functional e-ticketing machines and closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and, at times, overcharging continue in these parking lots.
Additional municipal commissioner Sarita Malik said after issuing the show-cause notices, we conducted regular surprise inspections and found the contractors violating the norms. We have been imposing fines on both the contractors for violations. As far as the auction of these parking sites is concerned, we will start the procedure in mid-May.
Hindustan Times, in a series of reports, had highlighted how people were being fleeced through overcharging at the parking lots being managed by private contractors. The contractors outside Elante Mall, Pritpal Singh, and at Sukhna Lake, Amarjit Singh, have been issued termination notices under clause-38 of the terms and conditions of allotment of licence deed. The civic body has rejected their three-month notice as well.
Manpreet Singh, an SAS Nagar-based businessman said, “Parking contractors have started a new trend of issuing multiple-entry slips of `10, instead of the `5 slip, to all vehicles bearing registration number other than that of Chandigarh. They behave rudely if one takes up this issue with them,” he said.
The contractor outside Elante Mall has been challaned 14 times in one year, while the one outside Sukhna Lake was challaned eight times in the same period.