City traders wor­ried over high park­ing rates

HT Ludhiana Live - - Front Page - HT Cor­re­spon­dent ludlivedesk@hin­dus­tan­

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.

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