Karachi­ites to pay park­ing fee for their ve­hi­cles

Pakistan Observer - - KARACHI CITY - IR­FAN ALIGI

KARACHI—The peo­ple of Karachi should now be pre­pared to pay for the in­ef­fi­ciency and cor­rup­tion of the bu­reau­cracy that is run­ning the civic and mu­nic­i­pal de­part­ments of the prov­ince on ad­ho­cism, for pay­ing fee for park­ing their ve­hi­cles an­nu­ally along with the ve­hi­cle taxes.

This unique idea is the cre­ation of Karachi Metropoli­tan Cor­po­ra­tion’s (KMC) ad­min­is­tra­tor on the di­rec­tives of Sindh Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Jam Khan Shoro has an­nounced to can­cel all on­go­ing charged park­ing sites from the city, which would be re­placed through im­pos­ing of an­nual charged park­ing fee along with motor ve­hi­cle tax.

The KMC ad­min­is­tra­tor has an­nounced this scheme through a hand­out is­sued Satur­day.

The KMC ad­min­is­tra­tor claimed that the com­muters would get com­fort and free from the cor­rup­tion in charged park­ing sys­tem in­clud­ing those sites that have been es­tab­lished in nook and cranny of the city.

Un­der the new scheme, the KMC would con­tinue to keep its em­ploy­ees de­ployed at all of­fi­cial charged park­ing sites but they won’t charge any fee from the commuter as the later would have al­ready paid the fee along with the motor ve­hi­cle tax an­nu­ally.

He said that at least 41 sites are ac­tive in the city un­der the aegis of the KMC, which adds some 60 mil­lion to KMC’s ac­counts per an­num.

Only 9 sites are be­ing op­er­ated by the pri­vate con­trac­tors through auc­tion­ing of the sites. The new scheme would end the nui­sance of the cor­rupt charged park­ing prac­tices and mint­ing money from the com­muters.

When con­tacted the KMC ad­min­is­tra­tor told Pak­istan Observer that a com­mit­tee would be con­sti­tuted to as­cer­tain the va­ri­ety of as­pects and the general pub­lic would be ap­proached for their sug­ges­tion and ob­jec­tions on which ba­sis the com­mit­tee would fi­nalise the rec­om­men­da­tions for the fi­nal step of im­ple­ment­ing the new scheme of charged park­ing.

To a query about levy­ing the charged park­ing fee on mo­tor­cy­clists, who have been ex­empted from motor ve­hi­cle tax, he said that it de­pends if the mo­tor­cy­clists might get an ex­emp­tion, too.

When asked as why the KMC is un­able to make the CDGK Car Park­ing Plaza as op­er­a­tional and end the traf­fic police’s atroc­i­ties on the com­muters for heavy penalty on park­ing their ve­hi­cles at a wrong side, the KMC ad­min­is­tra­tor said that it would need time to cover this topic and for this the scribe has to meet him in per­son for a good ex­pla­na­tion.

To an­other, he said that though the for­mer city nazim from Ja­maat-e Is­lami Ad­vo­cate Naimat­ul­lah Khan had made park­ing free in the en­tire city, he said that since the KMC is al­ready fac­ing fi­nan­cial crunch and hence the rev­enue thus gen­er­ated through charged park­ing could not be made free for the peo­ple.

LG Deptt, KMC to en­force col­lect­ing charged park­ing fee along with MV tax in Karachi

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Jour­nal­ists hold a protest rally for re­lease of ar­rested jour­nal­ist Iqrarul Hasan Syed.

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