Despite opposition, SAS Nagar municipal corporation is gearing up to introduce paid parking in all markets of the town following a recommendation of a three-member committee constituted for the purpose. As of now, markets in Phases 5, 3B2 and 7 have the paid parking system.
Sources say the MC is expected to generate a revenue of Rs 30 lakh per month if paid parking is introduced in all seven major markets of the town.
Not satisfied with the present setup, the committee also recommend some improvement in the system. The new parking rates and other recommendations will be discussed in the House meeting next week. The system is likely to be introduced by April-end in markets of Phases 1, 2, 6, 9 and 11.
The committee also recommended that gates should be put up at entry and exit points of the paid parking instead of ropes. The committee said closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras should be installed at entry and exit points and contractors should ensure that they are functional.
The committee said all entry and exit points in a paid parking lot should be manned. Raising concern over the safety of vehicles, the committee pointed out that employees at the parking lots do not check receipts at the exit point. Except for issuing a parking slip, the employees fail to provide any assistance to vehicle owners. They don’t even assist residents in parking their vehicles systematically. The committee said residents were opposing the paid parking system due to these shortcomings.
The contract of JTS Constructions that is managing paid parking in Phases 5, 3B2 and 7 comes to an end in April. The company was awarded the contract in 2015 and had been issued several notices for violations.
The paid parking system had been opposed by the SAD-BJP and the Congress and it also dominated the MC elections. Politicians had been promising residents of doing away with the system.
What’s on MC’s mind
Introduction of paid parking in Phases 1, 2, 6, 9 and 11
CCTV cameras at entry and exit points of parking lots
Single parking slip that can be used by vehicle owners in all parking lots in the town
Employees of contractor will be responsible for getting vehicles parked in a systematic manner