One year on, 17 parking lots to be auctioned
After lying defunct for over a year, 17 paid parking lots in the city will finally be auctioned on November 12. The move comes after a deadlock between the municipal corporation and contractors were recently resolved.chandigarh Updated: Nov 10, 2014 23:24 IST
After lying defunct for over a year, 17 paid parking lots in the city will finally be auctioned on November 12. The move comes after a deadlock between the municipal corporation and contractors were recently resolved.
Since the state government imposed a service tax of 12,36% on these lots last year, 17 of the city's 24 parking lots have remained non-functional, with no contractors willing to take them despite repeated attempts to auction them, thus resulting in loss of revenue for the municipal corporation.
The city's parking lots earn the municipal corporation nearly Rs 4 crore every year.
This year, Sahib Singh parking lot in Sector 35 has the highest reserve price at Rs 47.93 lakh, followed by Himalaya Marg, Chandigarh, at Rs 45.26 lakh. At Rs 1.79 lakh, the lowest reserve price is for the parking lot adjoining Neelam Cinema, Sector 17.
In an auction held in December last year, Sahib Singh secured the highest bid of Rs 71 lakh against the reserve price of Rs 43 lakh, followed by Empire store parking at Sector 17, which went for Rs 52 lakhs against the reserve price of Rs 26.40 .
In the auction held in June last year, the parking lot in Sector 35-C, along Himalaya Marg, Chandigarh, bagged the highest bid of Rs 67.05 lakh against the reserve price Rs 42.23 lakh.
Parking lots must be maintained
Federation of Sector Welfare Associations chairman Baljinder Singh Bittu said that the municipal corporation must ensure that contractors maintain parking lots well.
"It is a matter of shame that in a city like Chandigarh, parking lots are not maintained. Neither municipal corporation officials not councillors ever raise the issue," he said.
Sec-17 underground parking lot screams for attention
Tall claims of civic body of maintaining underground parking lots appear to have fallen flat as the one in front of medical of officer health's office in Sector 17 is in bad shape. Garbage dots the area while puddles of water can be seen in every corner. The parking has two levels and can accommodate 700 two-wheelers and 100 four-wheelers. However, an HT team visiting the area found one of the levels locked.