The Punjab and Haryana high court in its orders has stated that the paid parking along the service lanes on Ferozepur Road would not used by visitors of big commercial establishments.
High court stated, “We make it clear that the paid parking spaces shall not be permitted to be used by the visitors of the multiplexes, malls, restaurants, hotels, resorts or marriage palaces or other big commercial establishments. Every such establishment shall be required to have its own dedicated parking within the building premises and shall not invite customers more than the parking space provided for such visitors”.
The high profile issue of paid parking along the Ferozepur road had affected the small shopkeepers as well as the visitors who visit these shops.
The court has also directed municipal corporation commissioner RK Verma to issue a notice inviting tenders by giving wide publicity to these parking lots. This means that contractors would manage these parking so that revenue could also be generated for the MC.
“The maximum parking time for a vehicle shall not be exceeded beyond two hours. While we leave it to the corporation to fix the charges for parking beyond one hour and up to two hours, such charges for the additional hour may not be less than the double of the first one hour charges,” stated the orders.
The court had taken out these directions on Wednesday but the copy of orders was released only on Friday evening.
The court has further directed in its orders that if the vehicle is parked beyond two hours, “We direct the traffic police to impound it and not release it without having been paid the impounding fee of Rs 1,000 per vehicle besides other penal consequences.”
The court also directed the commercial establishments who intend to convert a part of their building into alternative parking to submit the revised building plan duly signed by an approved architect along with the requisite charges as may be prescribed under the building bye-laws. “Thereof the MC shall decide the matter within four days,” stated the orders.
The buildings that have converted their parking space include Oliva restaurant for which its advocate Harpreet Sandhu had submitted a reply to the two local commissioners who visited city last week to take stock of the situation.
The court has also directed that no commercial establishment shall be allowed to organise any function in the open parking space.
Service lanes along Ferozepur road have been a favorite place for the residents to park their vehicles whenever they visit marriage palace or other such commercial establishments.