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Free parking to end tomorrow

STARTING MONDAY residents who have not procured parking passes will have to pay for the privilege of stationing their vehicles at the 24-odd lots governed by the new parking policy.

india Updated: Apr 16, 2006 13:19 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent

STARTING MONDAY residents who have not procured parking passes will have to pay for the privilege of stationing their vehicles at the 24-odd lots governed by the new parking policy.

The policy, in effect since April 1, allows motorists to station their vehicles at any of the parking lots in return for a one-time annual, biannual or quarterly payment.

The Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) granted motorists a week to obtain the passes announcing that no parking charges would be levied until April 7.

The lacklustre response, only 411 people applied for passes, however, led the Corporation to extend the grace period to April 16.

Even the second extension has failed to enthuse commuters and only around 100 passes have been issued between April 7-15, making a grand total of around 520 passes.

So what’s the reason for the public’s thumbs down? For one, the prospect of multiple payments. Savvy motorists know that the passes will be valid only at parking lots located on IMC land.

Which means that a commuter will have to shell out parking charges each time he visits banks, the GPO, Excise or any other Central Government office despite holding a pass.

The haphazard manner in which the parking policy is being implemented has also contributed to public apathy. Although the lots were to be manned by members of the District Sainik Welfare Board private contractors are still in place at most of the 24 locations.

In fact, the ex-servicemen frequently go unrecognised as they haven’t yet been provided the uniforms envisaged by former Municipal Commissioner P Narhari, the progenitor of the parking policy.

The Corporation’s failure to set up vending machines at each of the parking lots has also contributed to low pass issuance. To date the machines have only been installed at four sites, IMC headquarters, Rajwada, Kothari Market and ICTSL office.
In all, the capacity of the selected parking lots is estimated to stand at 2,000 with four hundred for cars and the remaining 1600 for scooters.

To recap, non-pass holders will be charged Rs 25 (cars), Rs 15 (two-wheelers) and Re 1 (bicycles) for every four hours the vehicle is stationed at the lot.

Passes for four-wheeled vehicles will cost Rs 440 while those for two-wheeled vehicles would be priced at Rs 220 while non-pass holders will have to shell out Rs 25 and Rs 15 per day as parking charges.

Charges for bi-annual passes have been fixed at Rs 300, 200 and 150 for four, three and two-wheelers respectively while bicycle owners would have to shell out Rs 70.

Quarterly parking passes will cost owners of cars, auto-rickshaws and two-wheelers Rs 175, Rs 110 and Rs 90 respectively with bicyclists being charged Rs 50 for a three month period.

The parking lots are located at Mhow Naka swimming pool, Jinsi Haat, Harsiddhi Phool Mandi, Nehru Pratima, Madhumilan Square, Nehru Park, Sarwate Bus Stand, Shivaji Vatika, Rajkumar Mill, Meghdoot Garden, Raj Mohalla Sabzi Mandi, IMC headquarters, Kamla Nehru Zoo, Ravindra Natya Griha, Gujarati College, Maharani Road, Veer Savarkar Gate, Kothari Market, MTH Compound, Pipliyapala, Dhakkanwala Kuan, Nandlalpura, Jyotiba Phule Sabzi Market, Sanjay Setu, near Palasia police station and Pardesipura.

Reasons for tepid response:
Multiple payments-Passes will not be valid at Central government offices.
Haphazard management-Private contractors continue to occupy many parking lots. Select issuance locations-Passes are being issued at only 4 locations.

I cannot tell you about the exact number of passes issued or vending machines installed as I was out of town and only returned yesterday. The situation will become clear on Monday when free parking draws to a close. The Corporation has reclaimed most of its parking lots except the one at Sarwate Bus Stand. We will take up the issue with the Mayor tomorrow.

-Mayor-in-Council member incharge of Market department Shanta Jhanwar

First Published: Apr 16, 2006 13:19 IST