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New parking fee regime takes off

NEARLY 200 vehicle owners opted for parking passes as the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) finally started charging commuters for stationing vehicles at 24-odd lots governed by the new parking regime. With this the total number of passes has touched 800.

india Updated: Apr 18, 2006 14:03 IST

NEARLY 200 vehicle owners opted for parking passes as the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) finally started charging commuters for stationing vehicles at 24-odd lots governed by the new parking regime. With this the total number of passes has touched 800.

Pass dispensing machines, until now limited to IMC headquarters and ICTSL also witnessed and increase with a unit being installed at Rajwada parking lot on Monday.

Although the Corporation was to levy parking fees from April 1 this was deferred first to April 7 and then to April 16 owing to lacklustre commuter response. Starting today, however, non-pass holders were made to shell out money for parking their vehicles at IMC-owned parking lots.
 
While car owners were charged Rs 15, two-wheelers and bicycles were made to pay Rs 5 and Re 1 for every four hours with the amount doubling in the fifth hour onward.

The Corporation had initially decided on parking fees of Rs 25 and Rs 15 for cars and two-wheelers respectively but was forced to rollback after commuters complained that the charges were higher than that being levied in metros like Delhi and Bangalore.

The plaints have continued despite the rollback. “While the Corporation has begun charging motorists no proper arrangements have been made and most of the parking lots are still in the hands of the private contractors,” charged Bartan bazaar shopkeeper Vijay Khandelwal.

A trip to the parking lots revealed that the ex-servicemen who are to man the lots have yet to be provided uniforms by the IMC. The gun-toting guards promised by the Corporation, too, are nowhere in sight.

“Today was the first day and things will become streamlined soon,” announced MiC member incharge of Market Department Shanta Jhanwar. Queried about the Rs 70-odd lakh the Corporation would need to pay ex-servicemen hired from the District Sainik welfare Board to man the lots Jhanwar said this would be met by revenue garnered from parking passes. “Income from pass issuance will go up once all 18 pass dispensing centres become operational,” she declared confidently.