City traders worried over high parking rates
Perturbed over the exorbitant parking rates at the Feroze Gandhi market, traders and property owners association of the market held a meeting with Public Works Department minister Sharanjeet Singh Dhillon.
During the meeting Colonel Harjap Singh (retd), chairman of the association, briefed the minister about the parking rates and other problems faced by people.
“At the Feroze Gandhi market, cars are charged Rs 20 and if the person has to visit the market more than once he needs to get a separate parking ticket each time,” said Colonel Harjap Singh.
Singh further said that due to high parking rates and charging multiple times a day
many people have vacated their offices from the market. “There are banks and other financial companies in the market and people have to visit them more than once and paying Rs 20 for each visit pinches the visitors’ pockets. During the meeting with Dhillon, the association members also discussed the problems about the increase in the rates of the monthly pass, which has been doubled by the contractor from Rs 200 to 400.
“The parking contract was allotted at Rs 1.3 crore, which is very high. If the entire capacity of all the five parking lots is used even then Rs 60-70 lakh can be earned,” adds Singh.
After talking to the MC commissioner, Dhillon assured the association members that the matter will be sorted out soon and if the association did not feel satisfied they could inform him again.