Parking fees at malls under HC scanner
The issue of malls, hospitals, and commercial establishments in south Delhi charging parking fees from the public came under the scanner of the Delhi High Court (HC) on Monday. The court has sought the local authority’s stand on the issue.
A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar issued a notice to the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) and sought its response to a PIL, which alleged that charging of parking fees by these establishments was in violation of the civic body’s notification.
The petition by a city resident claimed that the SDMC, in 2015, and the Delhi Police, in 2016, had prohibited charging of fees from the general public for parking their vehicles in malls, hospitals, or office complexes.
These establishments, however, were levying the fees under the garb of maintenance charges, the PIL alleged and added that the corporation was not taking action against such entities.
It sought directions to the SDMC to take appropriate legal steps against persons responsible for charging the parking fees from the general public. The court listed the matter for further hearing on February 19.
Plea states establishments levying fees under garb of maintenance