Get ready to pay for parking in Panchkula
The charges finalised are the same as in Chandigarh — Rs 10 for two-wheelers and Rs 20 for four-wheelers.Updated: Jul 29, 2018 11:53 IST
The Panchkula municipal corporation is all set to introduce paid parking in the city’s main commercial hubs.
The charges finalised are the same as in Chandigarh — Rs 10 for two-wheelers and Rs 20 for four-wheelers.
Introduced in Chandigarh around two decades ago, paid parking has had a rough ride. Even Mohali experimented with it unsuccessfully a few years ago.
The Panchkula MC eyes nearly Rs 10 lakh monthly revenue from paid parking.
MC commissioner Rajesh Jogpal said all major commercial hubs of the city will have paid parking lots. These include Sectors 7 to 11, 14, 15 and 20 besides Sectors 4 and 5 of Mansa Devi Complex and Swastik Vihar market.
“We will be inviting bids next week and hope to roll out paid parking in a month,” he said.
‘Will help organise parking as well’
While the MC is still to invite bids from private contractors to run the lots, it conducted a trial in Sectors 8, 9 and 10 markets to get a feedback on Saturday.
The trial, which will continue on Sunday, is being organised with the Red Cross society and money collected from vehicle owners will be donated to it for welfare works.
Jogpal said the civic body received a mixed response on the first day. He said the idea behind introducing paid parking is not just to earn revenue but also organise parking, which takes place in a haphazard manner.
“We will introduce smart facilities as well. Also, each parking lot will have a toilet, drinking water facility and other basic amenities,” he said.
‘Will oppose it tooth and nail’
Meanwhile, the move has not gone down well with traders and other residents alike.
SK Nayyar, president of the citizen’s welfare association, said they will oppose the move tooth and nail.
Nayyar said instead of introducing paid parking, the MC should have first improved the condition of roads and other basic facilities in markets.
“Name any market that does not have big potholes in its parking area. The MC is responsible for deterioration of the city’s commercial hubs and now it is burdening the people,” he said.
Rakesh Aggarwal of the Sector-12 residents welfare association said the MC should have consulted all stakeholders before introducing paid parking.
“We don’t need paid parking but better infrastructure in markets,” he said.
Flaying the move, Panchkula Vyapar Mandal president Kuldeep Chitkara said paid parking will further dent their business. “We will hold a meeting next week to prepare a strategy against the move,” he said.
Former mayor Upinder Kaur Walia called the move “mindless”. She said the MC House, which completed its tenure earlier this month, never took up the agenda of paid parking as it was not required.
“The MC should have taken an initiative to manage the traffic inside parking lots rather than hiring a contractor to burden the people with paid parking,” she said.
First Published: Jul 29, 2018 11:51 IST