Parking lots cause R12- lakh loss to MC
THE FOUR PAID PARKING LOTS DO NOT FIND ANY TAKERS EVEN AFTER HOLDING AUCTION TWICE
■ CHANDIGARH: The municipal corporation's decision of not allotting the contract of four paid parking lots in the city even after two months has caused a loss of nearly Rs 12 lakh to the corporation. The MC is losing around Rs 20,000 per day.
The contract of the four paid parking lots in the city expired on December 31. Despite holding auctions on January 11 and February 21, the MC did not allot the contract due to the low auction price.
Every year, on an average, the MC earns a revenue of Rs 72 lakh from the parking lots - - CMC parking at Sector 17, zone one in Sector 34, Lake Club parking and the medical officer health parking in Sector 17.
Meanwhile, due to free parking in the said parking lots for the past two months, a lot of chaos has been created due to haphazard parking of vehicles, creating inconvenience to commuters.
As the MC did not get the desired price for the parking lots even after holding the auction twice, the auction observers in their statement to the commissioner stated that the sites should be re-auctioned as it was causing a huge loss to the corporation.
There are 24 paid parking lots in the city and the MC generates a revenue of Rs 4 crore every year.
BSP councillor Naresh Kumar said it was unfortunate that the MC had already suffered a loss of Rs 12 lakh by not allotting the contract. “Besides, the haphazard parking of vehicles is causing a lot of inconvenience to commuters. We have failed to understand that why they auction the sites at the last moment and why they are not coming up with an alternative method to earn revenue,” he added.
Gurjeet Singh, one of the contractors, said, “It is difficult to work under such strict guidelines. We do not earn anything from these parking lots as half of our income goes in paying fines for not following the norms.”