Free parking across SAS Nagar will soon become history. The municipal corporation has decided to levy `2 per scooter or motorcycle and `5 per car at 19 main parking lots in the city from March 11.
Tenders were invited through e-bidding, and the MC has earned `82 lakh. The Phase-7 lots went for the highest amount of `26 lakh against a reserve price of `7 lakh, while Phase 3B2 went for `23 lakh against a reserve price of `5 lakh.
The 'paid' parking lots will include four each in Phases 9 and 10, three each in 3B2 and 7, and five parking lots in Phase 5.
If you don't want to pay per visit, passes would be issued at `100 a month for four-wheeler and `50 for two-wheeler. Those depositing helmets with the contractors will have to pay `1.
MC Commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta confirmed that contracts had been assigned and the system would begin from March 11.
The main motive behind converting them into paid parking lots is to curb chaos, ensure proper utilisation of space and tackle the menace of encroachment, officials said. Also, there would be better check on theft of vehicles from parking lots.
Gupta said the contractor would not charge for physically challenged people's vehicles and three-wheelers that drop passengers off in parking lots. Also, vehicles of government officials and mediapersons would be exempted.
The contractor would be installing closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at the entry and exit points, and use electronic ticketing machine to give slips.
Welcoming the move, president of Traders' Association, Phase 5, Malkeet Singh Khalsa said, "It was a long-pending demand as most markets in the city witness chaos in a free-for-all system."
Know the system
Lots covered 19
Phase 10 -4
Phase 9 -4
Phase 7 -3
Phase 3B2 -3
Phase 5 -5
*What you pay
Cars/autos `5 (`100 monthly pass)
Two-wheelers `2 (`50 monthly pass)
No fee for the physically challenged, government officials, mediapersons, and for three-wheelers dropping passengers off in the parking lots