The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will start conducting surprise checks on parking lot contractors and will take stern action against the ones found charging excess parking fee than is fixed.
HT, on Friday, carried a report on parking lot contractors in the city's busy areas charging anywhere between Rs 20-Rs 60 per hour for parking in the BMC allotted parking lots though the official rate is Rs 10.
“Since we are awaiting results of new allotment of contracts, there were no check on the existing contractors for the past eight months. But as the incidents of over-charging are increasing, we will frequently conduct surprise checks and take stern action against the guilty,” said Assem Gupta, additional municipal commissioner.
Contractors found flouting rules regularly could lose their security deposit and would even be blacklisted for future contracts. First time offenders would have to pay a penalty of Rs 1,000 to the BMC.
Gupta told HT that the civic body is in the process of setting up a centralised monitoring system for parking lots.