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Free parking at Gurgaon Sec 29 markets may go

Two months after making parking free in the Sector 29 market, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) is mulling to make it paid again.

gurgaon Updated: Mar 09, 2013 23:34 IST
HT Correspondent

Two months after making parking free in the Sector 29 market, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) is mulling to make it paid again.

The market association's alleged failure to provide security in the parking lots is being viewed as the reason behind the move.

The parking lots at two sites in Sector 29 - in front of Bikanervala and Pind Baluchi - were made free after the market association had agreed to manage it.

However, the absence of security guards and no issuance of parking slips invited several complaints from visitors.

Even the parking signages put up by Huda read "Free parking at owners' risk".

Huda administrator Praveen Kumar said, "We will have to consider making the parking lots paid if the lapses are serious and if the market association is unable to manage it."

On the other hand, Narendra Arora of the Sector 29 market association, said, "We have deployed seven guards at the parking lots and there is no mismanagement."

The two parking sites can accommodate nearly 500 cars. The market is a hub of eating joints, besides departmental stores and hotels.Huda had invited bids for 46 professionally-run new parking lots in areas of New Gurgaon.

While all of these were to be paid parking lots, the two sites at Sector 29 were allowed as free parking zones following the demand of local businessmen.

Though 46 tenders were received for the parking lots, only 15 have so far started functioning. However, lapses have been reported from these Huda-run parking lots.

Earlier, Huda officials had claimed to introduce measures like dress code for parking attendants, hand-held ticket machines, separate entry and exit points, fluorescent signboards, besides installing boards explaining the area's layout for the convenience of visitors.

However, not all of these measures are being followed in the new parking lots.