After putting the issue of paid parking in the town on hold for nearly two months, the municipal corporation of SAS Nagar has once again decided to start paid parking in 19 parking lots from June 1. However, the market welfare associations say they will oppose the move tooth and nail.
The MC had started paid parking in March, but the issue was put on hold due to opposition from market welfare associations.
MC commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta said, "We are holding a meeting with market welfare associations on May 21 and are hopeful of starting paid parking from June 1. Converting parking lots in paid ones will help curb chaos, ensure proper utilisation of space and tackle the menace of encroachment."
"Paid parking lots will also help check the theft of vehicles from these areas, but it seems that the welfare associations do not understand the problem," he added.
The municipal corporation has decided to levy Rs 2 per scooter or motorcycle and `5 per car at 19 main parking lots in the city from June 1. 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 do not want to pay per visit, passes would be issued at Rs 100 a month for four-wheeler and `50 for two-wheeler. Those depositing helmets with the contractors will have to pay Rs 1.
The MC will not charge for physically challenged people's vehicles and three-wheelers that drop passengers in the parking lots. Also, vehicles of government officials and mediapersons will be exempted.
The contractor would have to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at the entry and exit points, and use electronic ticketing machine to give slips.
Various market welfare associations have formed the Paid Parking Sanghrash Committee to oppose the move.
Committee convener Jatinder Pal Singh said, "We will not allow paid parking in the township without proper parking facilities. We are demanding proper passes for shopkeepers, beautification and proper demarcation of parking lots, and installation of CCTV cameras by the contractors. If the civic body agrees to all these demands, we will allow paid parking."
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 Rs 5 (Rs 100 monthly pass)
Two-wheelers Rs 2 (Rs 50 monthly pass)
No fee for physically challenged, government officials, mediapersons, and for three-wheelers dropping passengers off in the parking lots