Park­ing lots cause R12- lakh loss to MC

THE FOUR PAID PARK­ING LOTS DO NOT FIND ANY TAK­ERS EVEN AF­TER HOLD­ING AUC­TION TWICE

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Hil­lary Vic­tor hil­lary.vic­tor@hin­dus­tan­times.com

■ 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.”

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