Taking strict action against the parking mafia, a team of the Ludhiana municipal corporation (MC) nabbed two persons for illegally charging parking fees from visitors at Bhadaur House, which has a free parking lot, on Thursday night.
The accused have been identified as Manjit Singh of Jawahar Nagar camp and Gurdeep Singh of Butari village near Dehlon.
Following complaints, MC assistant commissioner Satwant Singh visited the area to check the violations being done by the parking mafia. He caught a few persons who were charging parking fee from the visitors without permission from the MC.
Though the people were complaining about violations being done by the parking mafia, some people of nearby buildings were also supporting the mafia.
A case was registered under sections 420 (cheating) and 120B (punishment of criminal conspiracy) of the Indian penal code (IPC) at the Kotwali police Station. Now, the MC has decided to deploy its own staff to stop fleecing at Bhadaur House, while it has also planned to make this parking lot paid in the future.
Earlier, HT had also highlighted that the parking fee was charged illegally from visitors at the parking area near Bhadaur House.
Station house officer of the Kotwali police station Surinder Mohan confirmed that two persons have been arrested for illegally charging parking fees from visitors. He added that investigation into the matter was on.
Meanwhile, Satwant Singh said, “We have deployed MC staff to keep a check on parking lot. The staff will look after parking until the contract is given to any operator.”
He said they would conduct checks to the other parking areas too and if anybody was found charging illegally from visitors then same action would be taken against them.
Earlier, Singh had also taken steps to stop illegal paid parking outside the MC’s Zone A office following a report highlighted in HT.
Singh said they were also visiting other paid parking areas and if any contractor was found overcharging, strict action would be taken against them.
City resident Gaganpreet Singh said, “It is a welcome step taken by the MC to lodge complaint against people illegally charging parking fee from visitors. The MC should conduct inspection at other parking lots in routine.”