A Noida resident has filed a petition in the Allahabad high court against the decision of Noida the authority to hike parking charges from January.
The Noida authority revised parking rates on January 13 and fixed the tariff at Rs 20 and Rs 10 for four and two-wheelers respectively, ending the hour-based parking tariff system in Noida. Earlier, the tariffs were Rs 5 for two-wheelers and Rs 10 for four-wheelers for two hours.
Residents have moved a petition on the basis that revised parking tariff are costlier than the older rates. They said that the authority revised the rates without prior public notice. Third, they alleged that the receipts issued by parking vendors do not mention details of parking lots, contractors, service tax.
“I have requested the court to consider my plea about parking rate and the structure, which is not very transparent. The parking receipts do not mention the service tax, about contractors and other specifications of the parking lot. How can we believe that our car is safe in a certain lot if the receipt does not mention the particulars of the parking lot’s contractor?” petitioner Shrikant Vaidya of Sector 15 said.
“The Noida authority did not entertain my plea and that is why I moved a petition to bring the issue to the court’s notice. The court will hear my petition on February 29,” Vaidya said.
The federation of Noida residents’ welfare association (Fonrwa) has also written a letter to the Noida authority expressing its concern.
“Visitors used to pay Rs 10 to park their car for two hours. Now, one has to pay Rs 20 even while parking for only five minutes and most of the visitors park their vehicles (both two and four wheelers) for less than two hours. The revision is unjustified and we are in support of the petition,” NP Singh, president of Fonrwa, said.
Residents feel the authority should constitute a committee for this purpose.
“Why was it so urgent for the authority to revise parking rates? What is the justification for the revisions? There should be a committee for decisions on any issues that affect the public. The authority must consult residents and take their consent,” KR Chitra of Sector 19 said.
Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) and in-charge of parking for the Noida authority, Harsh Vardhan Singh Bhadauriya, refused to comment on the issue.