Even as the municipal corporation has decided to conduct surprise checks on erring parking lot contractors, who charge more than the fixed rates, it is in the process of setting up a centralised monitoring system for parking lots.
This centralised computer system will be installed to curb the overcharging by contractors in parking lots, said additional municipal commissioner Aseem Gupta.
On Friday, Hindustan Times reported how parking lot contractors in the city’s busy areas would charge between Rs20 to Rs60 per hour to park cars in the civic body-allotted parking lots, though the official tariff is Rs10. Major violations of the park-and-park policy were found in south Mumbai at Crawford Market, Nariman Point and under JJ flyover.
“It’s impossible to track 117 pay-and-park lots in the city. Therefore, we are planning to come up with centralized computer system. All parking plots will have single server, which will release the receipts,” explained Gupta.
The corporation will float the expression of interest for the project soon and system is expected to start in three to six months. “Till then, the only way to curb the nuisance is keep frequent checks and penalise wrongdoers,” Gupta said.
Gupta not only assured action, but also accepted that for the last eight months no surprise checks had been conducted at the civic parking lots.
“The tender period of the current contractors got over last year, but we are waiting for the civic lottery results for allotments of the parking plots. Meanwhile, the old contractors continued to administer their respective parking plots. However, for the last eight months we have not conducted any checks, but now stern legal action will be initiated,” he added.