The new multi-level parking lot, opened with much fanfare on May 9, will stop functioning from August 9 (Tuesday). The municipal corporation has failed to appoint a new contractor even as the term of the previous contractor ended on Monday.
For three months, the infrastructure at the lot built at a cost of Rs 48 crore will now rot as the MC will take this time to finalise another contractor.
QUESTIONS RAISED OVER WORK
The apathy to the wastage of such a precious resource has not gone down well with the councillors, who say that in spite of knowing that the contract was ending, officials failed to do their duty of inviting tenders.
MC joint commissioner Varinder Chaudhary said, “We have decided to shut down the lot and handed it over to the engineering department. It will be reopened, once the contract will be awarded. Tenders will be floated within a week. The matter will be discussed at the coming finance and contract committee meeting.”
Area councillor and former mayor Pardeep Chhabra said, “It is sheer mismanagement on the part of civic body. They are now closing it down. They should have asked engineering department of civic body to run the lot.”
Neeraj Bajaj, president, Business Promotion Council, Sector 17, said the project had proved to be a white elephant for the MC.
“No planning and survey was conducted before the project was sanctioned. It will have been far better to renovate already underground parking lots in Sector 17. Public money has been wasted.”
MC SUFFERED A LOSS OF RS 15 LAKH IN 3 MONTHS
The MC has been losing Rs 15 lakh a month under the current arrangement’ as it has been paying Rs 20,000 a day to the contractor for operation and maintenance, but earning only Rs 3, 000 a day. Only 300 vehicles are parked at the new parking regularly against the capacity of 900 vehicles.