The coordination committee of social activists of Chandigarh during a meeting on Thursday demanded there should be a hike in parking charges.
The members were of the view that since the city had been chosen under the Centre’s smart city project, introduction of automatic parking with e-ticketing in all parking lots was the need of the hour.
They expressed resentment over continuous rejection of the agenda on the proposed paid parking increase and rational hike in parking charges despite notice by the administration and suggestions made by some nominated councillors in the House meet on November 30.
Coordinator PC Sanghi said the MC councillors were responsible for stalling the proposed increase in paid parking. “After they failed to clear reasonable and rational hike in the property tax, the UT imposed several times hike in the tax,” maintained the committee.
“Inclusion of the remaining 13 villages of the administration under the MC is a welcome step for their integrated development. Though these villages with negligible involvement in cultivation and more than 70% literacy rate - and 90% mobile connections - do not fall in the category of the rural areas, the proposal is being opposed purely on political considerations,” said Sanghi.