Upset over the municipal corporation’s decision to change parking contract clause for Empire store and Sahib Singh parking lots in Sector 17, the Empire store parking lot contractor surrendered the lot on Tuesday.
The Sahib Singh parking lot contractor, who also claimed he was unhappy with the changed clause, said he will operate it for the next two months only. If it will be viable, he will continue to operate, otherwise he will surrender it.
On June 15, the MC had auctioned both the lots, but three days later, it took a U-turn by changing the hours of operations. In a letter written to the contractors on June 17, the MC stated the lots can function from 11.30am to midnight, even as the tender document mentioned these could operate from 8am to midnight.
The letter added, “If you (contractor) do not wish to continue, we will give the tender to the second highest bidder.” The MC had asked the contractors to submit replies within three days, following which, the Empire store parking lot contractor surrendered the lot on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Rajesh Kumar, Sahib Singh parking lot contractor, said told HT, “The MC has cheated us by changing the clause after the auction. The new timings are not viable.”
Sources said the new condition has been enforced to attract business towards the new multilevel parking in Sector 17, which has been running into losses ever since the operation was started at the lot over a month ago. Last month, the MC had even closed these two lots to popularise the newly-opened multi-level parking lot.
During the auction, the Sahib Singh parking lot went for Rs 62 lakh against the reserve price of Rs 34 lakh, while the Empire Store lot went for Rs 50 lakh against the reserve price of Rs 23 lakh.
MC joint commissioner Varinder Chaudhary said we will allot the tender to the second highest bidder.