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Just to save Rs 5, over 5k cars outside parking lots in Chandigarh everyday

Game of money: For a city that is to get costlier smart parking in 20 days, people are reluctant to pay the fee of Rs 5 per entry levied now, study shows

punjab Updated: Sep 11, 2017 13:29 IST
Hillary Victor
Parking on the green belts in Sector 43, Chandigarh.
Parking on the green belts in Sector 43, Chandigarh. (HT File )

Around 5,000 people park their vehicles on footpaths, green belts and outside parking lots in various sectors a day, a study that the parking agency has conducted has revealed. This is linked to the fee of Rs 5 per entry that is charged at the lots.

Vehicles parked outside lots daily
  • Sector 34 ( 15 lots) – 2000 cars and two wheelers
  • Sector 17 ( 18 lots) – 1566 cars and two wheelers
  • Sector 35, 43 and 22 – 1153 cars and two wheelers

This leads to congestion and traffic jams outside on the roads, something that neither the municipal corporation or the traffic police have taken any action about. Even pedestrians are harassed at the state of affairs. People dodge between cars that remain parked at the same spot on the road, everyday.

This is just unnecessary hardship for residents. What makes this hard to take is that the existing parking is not utilised. Sample this: the multilevel parking in Sector 17, which began functional last year, is not even filled to half of the capacity. It has a capacity to accommodate 900 cars at the rate of Rs 5 per entry; however, only 450 cars are parked a day here, in average. This is good facility having four levels with eight lifts and is only for cars. The fully-automatic has two computerised ticket counters at entry and exit point and was built at a cost of around Rs 50 crore.

“I am holding a meeting with enforcement wing next week and will direct them to stake strict action against the violators.”

The agency, Mumbai-based firm Arya Toll Infra, bagged the parking contract at the cost of around Rs 15 crore to run these lots for a year. It conducted this study and found that in Sector 34 alone, where there are 15 lots, around 2,000 vehicles are parked outside the lots every day. In Sector 17, 1,562 vehicles are parked outside the lots.

In Sectors 35, 43 and 22, 1,153 vehicles are parked outside the lots and in Sectors 7, 8 and 9, 613 vehicles are found parked on foot-paths, green belts and pavements.

‘Hurdle to business, as cars choke back lanes’

Arvinder Pal Singh, a city-based hotelier from Sector 35, says, “Motorists park vehicles in back lane of hotels in the sector, leaving little space for other vehicles. Even authorities concerned are not challaning them. They do not even leave green belts, just to save Rs 5,” he claimed.

Sandeep Bhora, project coordinator of the company, said, “We are only responsible to ensure streamlined and smooth parking in the lots we operate. However, the situation is bad in Sector 34, followed by Sector 17.”

“Most vehicles that do not use the paid parking lot station themselves in open spaces, pavements and green belts,” he added

From Oct 1, pay more to park

Mumbai-based firm which has bagged the contract to run all 26 parking lots in June this year will be converting all lots in smart lots by October 1. The company said it will launch an App to let residents know the status of parking availability in real time. 430 CCTV cameras will be installed. One can make the payment through App. To ensure that the contractor does not fleece, there is a provision of fine. The contract will stand cancelled after five violations.

Newly built multi-level goes 50% empty each day

The multilevel parking in Sector 17, which began functional last year, is not even filled to half of the capacity. It has a capacity to accommodate 900 cars at the rate of Rs 5 per entry; however, only 450 cars are parked a day here, in average. This is good facility having four levels with eight lifts and is only for cars. The fully-automatic has two computerised ticket counters at entry and exit point and was built at a cost of around Rs 50 crore.