Fed up with constant complaints of parking attendants fleecing the public, the MCD will be roping in the services of ex-servicemen to rein in the parking mafia in the city. The agency will allot 42 of its parking sites to ex-servicemen.
“To begin with, 12 such sites would be given to them, but we are also planning to give them 30 other sites as there were no takers for these lots after we attached new conditions like the use of hand-held machines,” said ASA Khan, in charge of Remunerative Project cell of MCD. On Saturday, the civic agency called for tenders asking ex-servicemen to apply till December 21.
These parking sites are located in areas such as Jhandewalan, Chandni Chowk, Shahdara and Pitampura, among others.
“We had received a number of complaints from the public about being overcharged or attendants arguing with them. We want to put an end to that. The ex-servicemen are trained staff and they will be able to deal with such miscreants,” said a senior MCD official.
Delhi’s Lt-Governor had mooted this idea of engaging ex-servicemen to man parking lots. Though the initial plan was to hand over all the parking sites to them but due to opposition from MCD’s political wing, the number was restricted.