Park­ing fees at malls un­der HC scan­ner

DNA (Delhi) - - DELHI -

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

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