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Friday, Aug 23, 2019

Contractor surrenders lease pact for Ferozepur Road parking lots

Though the municipal corporation (MC) of Ludhiana has failed to stop fleecing of visitors at various parking lots on Ferozepur Road, the contractor — Bhola and Company — has itself surrendered his lease agreement.

punjab Updated: Sep 24, 2014 16:41 IST
Harshraj Singh
Harshraj Singh
Hindustan Times

Though the municipal corporation (MC) of Ludhiana has failed to stop fleecing of visitors at various parking lots on Ferozepur Road, the contractor — Bhola and Company — has itself surrendered his lease agreement.

A large number of visitors complained about fleecing at various parking lots on Ferozepur Road but the MC did not take any action to cancel the contract.

No parking fee was being charged for the last two days at parking lots on Ferozepur Road.
Sources said a senior official of MC recently started the inspection of parking lots by visiting them in his personal vehicle. The official had also given warning to the parking staff for stop overcharging.

The sources added that the contractor had now accused the MC of not taking action to clear service lanes and non-cooperation so that they surrendered the contract.

In a report on September 11, HT had highlighted that fee was also being charged from visitors parking vehicles in service lanes.

Also, the staff of same contractor had blocked a parking lot outside the mini-secretariat due to which visitors were forced to park vehicles at multilevel parking inside mini-secretariat, where the fee is comparatively more.

City-based RTI activist Rohit Sabharwal said, “I had written a complaint to the principal secretary, local bodies department, against fleecing, but the MC did not take action on my complaint.”

On Tuesday, none of parking staff members was present at the parking lots. Even the boards displaying parking rates were torn at several places.

Gagandeep Singh, a visitor at the parking lot outside Silver Arc mall, said, “None of the contractor’s men are present. I have not been charged for parking my vehicle. I feel people are also responsible as they were paying extra money despite knowing the actual fee.”

Social activist Manjit Singh Mehram said, “I had also given a complaint to MC, but in vain. In future, the MC should give contract to only those who give written assurance of not overcharging visitors.”

When contacted, tehbazari wing superintendent Jasdev Singh Sekhon said, “The contractor Bhola and Company has surrendered his contract of parking lots on Ferozepur Road. Required steps will be taken as per law.”

June 5: Ferozepur Road parking lots auctioned for Rs 1.4 crore.
June 12: MC superintendent catches parking staff outside Silver Arc Mall red-handed while overcharging.
June 13: Another parking staff member taken to police station after being caught charging more than prescribed fee.
June 14: MC team finds another employee of the contractor overcharging near Vishal Mega Mart.

What rules say?

As per contract, if three complaints are received against a contractor for violating norms then his licence will be cancelled. Despite the MC officials catching the staff red-handed while indulging in overcharging, the civic body did not cancel the contractor’s licence.

Fined Rs 10K for possessing invalid receipt book

In a surprise check conducted by a team of the deputy commissioner’s office at the multi-level parking lot at mini-secretariat on Tuesday, it was found that the contactor was using two kinds of receipt books.

The district administration slammed a fine of Rs 10,000 on Bhola and Co, the contractor in-charge of the parking lot.

When contacted, deputy commissioner Rajat Agarwal said, “We found two types of receipt books of which one book was not valid. It seems they may be using these invalid receipts to fleece visitors. We have imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on the contractor.”

“However, the parking staff was not found overcharging. If the parking contractor is found overcharging then strict action will be taken,” he added.

HT had highlighted several times that the staff of multilevel parking lot was overcharging visitors. The staff generally charged Rs 20 for two-wheelers against prescribed Rs 12, while Rs 40 for four-wheelers against the actual fee of Rs 23.

First Published: Sep 24, 2014 16:34 IST

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