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Attendant at south Mumbai’s pay-and-park arrested for charging five times the actual fare

Patil approached the Colaba police station and registered a case of cheating against the attendant.

mumbai Updated: Feb 05, 2018 09:57 IST
Megha Sood
Megha Sood
Hindustan Times
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A 40-year-old attendant of a pay-and-park lot in south Mumbai was arrested by the Colaba police on Saturday for allegedly overcharging a share broker five times the actual price for parking his vehicle for three hours.

The complainant, Kalpesh Patil, 26, who is a resident of Bandra (East), arrived at Colaba’s Jehangir Art Gallery at 3pm on Saturday. He found a spot on Mandlik Road and parked his car at a pay-andpark service there.

When he returned at 5.30pm, the attendant, identified as Radhesham Maitri, gave him a receipt and demanded Rs300 from him. Patil then pointed to a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation board, which stated that parking was to be charged at Rs20 per hour. An argument ensued between the two, and Maitri began abusing Patil.

Following the fight, Patil approached the Colaba police station and registered a case of cheating against Maitri.

The police said they arrested Maitri for overcharging Patil. He was later presented before court, where he was released on a cash bail of Rs1,000.

Vijay Dhopavkar, senior inspector at Colaba police station, said that the pay-and-park facility has been given on a contract basis to a Mahila Bachat Gat (women’s small business group), who has sublet the facility to a private contractor.

“We are now finding out who was running the pay-and-park facility, and whether they had told their attendants to overcharge or they were doing it on their own,” said Dhopavkar.

First Published: Feb 05, 2018 00:09 IST