Instead of increasing the paid parking free, the members of Finance and Contract Committee of municipal corporation on Tuesday decided to charge the vehicle users on hourly basis at three parking lots, which will be first made fully automatic. The MC will finalise the rates on hourly basis within couple of days.
The three parking lots include Sahib Singh and Empire Store parking lots in Sector 17 and Sector 35 parking lot (hotel South End to Hotel Metro). The committee also introduced paid parking at Shastri Market in Sector 22, Sector 43 parking lot (near petrol pump) and Sector 9-C.
Speaking to HT, F&CC member Pardeep Chhabra said: "To begin with, we will introduce hourly charges in three parking lots, were automatic boom barriers will be installed. We will float tenders for the same and within a month, installation work will be completed. We have already approved an amount of Rs 28 lakh for installation of automatic boom barriers in Sector 17," he said.
Another member Subhash Chawla said paid parking had been introduced in Shastri market in Sector 22, Sector 43 parking lot (near petrol pump) and Sector 9-C. It will help streamline the system besides earning revenue, Chawla said.
MC additional commissioner Lalit Siwach said the rates for hourly parking would be decided soon. "We are making a policy to introduce paid parking in other busy lots in the city. We are working on the process of 'Time in' and 'Time out' for vehicle parking. The existing boom barriers will be re-used," Siwach said.
The committee also approved the necessary changes required in the terms and conditions of paid parking areas including bank guarantee equivalent to 4 months instalment and 2 months cash security with MC authority and deleted the condition of cancellation of the contract if the licensee has been penalised on more than five different occasions for overcharging, non wearing of uniform and act of misbehaviour.
The committee has accorded approval of Rs 15,62,500 as reserve price for the year 2012 Diwali mela at the exhibition ground in front of Sector 34 furniture marker to be held from November 4 to 13. It also accorded approval to the enhancement of festival advance to MC employees from Rs 3,000 to Rs 7,000 on the pattern of Punjab government.