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Effective parking policy eludes IMC

india Updated: Feb 12, 2007 19:59 IST

WHEN IT comes to finalising a parking policy, Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) gears don’t quite seem to mesh. With the Corporation reverting to the old system from April 1 the wheel has turned full circle-from parking lots being managed by private contractors to a pre-paid regime run by the civic body itself and back. But little ground has been gained in mapping out a cohesive parking lot management system.

Meanwhile, indecision over the parking lot methodology over the last six months has led to several innovative proposals being pushed to the sidelines. One of these, mooted by the Market Committee in November ’06, called for setting up a registered company to handle IMC-owned parking lots.

The firm, comprising civic body, district administration and police representatives, was to oversee all matters pertaining to parking lots and also liase with private contractors.

The Committee opined that the inter-departmental concern would help develop holistic solutions for the shortage of parking space, as it would approach the problem from divergent points of view.

Having policemen on board, it added, would also check overcharging by private parking lot contractors. “The proposal to constitute a firm was shelved after the Mayor-in-Council voted to abolish prepaid parking. In fact, lots currently operated by ex-servicemen on loan from District Sainik Welfare Board will be made available to private contractors starting April 1,” revealed MiC member incharge of Market department Shanta Jhanwar.

She added that low revenues and complaints by motorists were responsible for the mayoral council decision to revert to the old system

“The proposal will be tabled at the IMC general council meet on February 15 and, if cleared, tenders will be invited for all parking lots,” added the MiC member.

In response to a question Jhanwar said that the civic body would petition the district Collector to ensure IMC authorisation for parking stands being run on Nazul land and theatre owners, too, will be allowed to operate on-site parking lots only after paying a fee.

“We have identified 17 such cinemas and they will be served payment notices soon,” Jhanwar declared. She, however, refused to comment on either the fee to be charged from theatre owners or the parking tariff.

“These will be finalised only after a physical survey to determine the size and number of vehicles stationed at the site during screenings,” the MiC member concluded.