The civic body has instructed its officers to conduct frequent checks of its 117 parking lots run by contractors to ensure that motorists are not being over-charged.
Following the April 15 report in Hindustan Times that contractors were fleecing motorists, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had conducted its own inspection of several parking lots on April 16 and discovered similar violations.
The BMC tariff is Rs 10 per hour and Rs 5 for each additional hour across the city; many parking lots charge between Rs 20 and Rs 60 an hour, depending on the area. On Wednesday, the BMC sent a circular to all assistant municipal commissioners who head its 24 administrative wards asking them to send their staff for regular inspections and ensure that the contractors are following the directives in the contract.
“Our ward staff has been directed to frequently visit the parking lots of their respective wards and penalise the contractor found violating the contract terms,” said Aseem Gupta, additional municipal commissioner (eastern suburbs), roads and traffic.
“The contract will be terminated and the contractor blacklisted if he is caught repeating the offence three consecutive times.” Currently, contractors are penalised different amounts for different violations.
The penalty for overcharging is Rs 500, while contract violations such as attendants not in uniform or with identity cards, cars not being parked in disciplined manner, not displaying parking charges and not giving receipts to motorists can draw a fine between Rs 100 and Rs 500.
Gupta said the BMC is considering increasing the penalty for violations, but that would not be possible for existing contracts because the amounts have already been set down in the agreement.
He announced that the BMC would soon introduce a computerised system to monitor its 117 parking lots.