The municipal corporation on Monday took over the multi-level parking near Mata Rani Chowk following the expiry of the contractor's term.
Though the contract had expired on March 28, due to technical reasons, the civic body had given one-month extension to the contractor.
Meanwhile, though MC's tehbazari wing of Zone A has taken over the parking, it is faced with the issue of staff crunch. While around 15 persons are required to manage the parking, the wing can depute only four employees for the purpose.
The MC commissioner, RK Verma, has directed the wing to depute at least 15 officials to look after the parking until it was handed over to the new contractor.
The civic body has invited bidders for the parking's auction at Zone-A office of the MC on May 6.
The corporation had tried to auction the parking on April 25 as well, but failed as none of the 11 bidders placed a bid after learning that the MC had increased the reserve price from last year.
The reserve price of Rs 37.44 lakh against last year's Rs 25.87 lakh had reportedly disappointed the bidders.
According to MC, the reserved price was increased as while the rest of the parking lots in the city were fetching huge amounts, the multi-level parking at the centre of the old city, which was also a congested area, was not fetching a lucrative price.
The civic body has also revised the parking fee rates this year. After the new contractor takes over, the parking rates will be Rs 5 for bicycle, Rs 10 for two-wheelers Rs 20 for car and jeep and Rs 80 for tempo.
Meanwhile, Rajeev Bhardwaj, superintendent of tehbazari wing, said the parking was running smoothly without any problems.
“We are taking care of the parking currently, and will hand it over to the new contractor after it is auctioned,” said Bhardwaj.