Signboards at all paid parking lots warn you against losing the receipt that you get when you enter the facility. It is another matter, however, that when you exit there is nobody to check that very receipt, increasing the possibility that a car could be stolen from the lot with the real owner left with only the slip.
During a survey on Sunday, HT found that at three parking lots — one in Sector 22, another opposite the Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) and at the Piccadilly Hotel parking lot, attendants were present to collect the entry money, but the exit was left unmanned.
Parneet Grewal, an advocate said, “I have noticed for the past three months that there are no attendants at the exit points in the Sector 22 parking lot. Who will be responsible for the vehicles if they are stolen?”
Ram Kishan, the contractor of the parking lot opposite ISBT17, said, “Some employees are on leave and some of them are down with fever and thus there are no attendants at the exit. The CCTV cameras are non-functional, we will get them repaired soon.”
Former mayor Pardeep Chhabra said: “The paid parking system is on the verge of collapse as the policy framed has not been implemented properly. The residents are harassed as contractors fail to regulate traffic and there is overcharging.”
OUTSIDERS FLEECED AT ROCK GARDEN LOT
The contractor of Rock Garden Parking lot is charging Rs. 20 from vehicles with registration number from outside the city. In spite of complaints, action is awaited. The parking lot is under the UT tourism department.
THREE CONTRACTORS CHALLANED
A day after HT highlighted the violation of rules by parking contractors, city mayor Harphool Chander Kalyan, some councillors and officers conducted a raid and found blatant overcharging.
Fines were imposed in three contractors. The Sukhna Lake parking lot contractor was issued a challan of Rs.2,500, the contractor at Elante Mall parking was fined Rs. 7,500 and the Empire Store lot contractor was challaned Rs. 1,500. “Another instance of overcharging will invite immediate cancellation of contract and no warning will be issued,” said the mayor.