Now, parking rates’ issue caught in political mess

  • Hillary Victor, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 28, 2015 23:43 IST

The issue of revising the paid parking rates is now caught in political crossfire with the UT administration on Friday giving 10-day deadline to the MC to revise the rates, failing which they will be forced to impose the revised charges.

On Saturday, MC commissioner Bhawna Garg held a meeting with BJP councillors, including Satinder Singh, Arun Sood, Saurabh Joshi and nominated councillor MP Kohli, over the issue. BJP councillor Satinder Singh said, “We suggested that rates can be rationalised, but a decision will be taken in the pre-House meeting of the BJP scheduled on Sunday. We have told the commissioner to slash them and bring a fresh proposal. If the House will not take any decision, the UT administration will impose its decision on hike.”

Former mayor and congress leader Pardeep Chhabra said, “We will not allow increasing in the rates at any cost.” Nominated councillor MP Kohli said, “If residents really want a smart city, they should be ready to sacrifice a little,” said Kohli. The final decision will be taken in the November 30 House meet.

What’s their stand

UT administration: They have given MC 10 days to revise the rate, failing which they will impose the revised rates

MC: Trying to convince the councillors to approve the agenda in the Nov 30 meeting of House that had already rejected the agenda twice in the past

BJP: To decide their stand after the ruling Congress tables fresh proposal in the House after slashing the rates

Congress: Not allowing increase in the rates, says if it is done, the onus will lie on the BJP

Nominated councillors: Minimal hike, so that residents do not feel burdened

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