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Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Smart parking lots in Chandigarh? You must be kidding

Sandeep Rana

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10

While most "smart" parking lots are witnessing a huge rush these days, there is no one to manage vehicles at a majority of such facilities in the city. People are left to fend for themselves after they have paid the parking fee.

During a random check, it was observed that two-wheelers were parked at spaces meant for cars and vice versa. There is no one to guide those not finding a space to park their vehicle. Thus, they are forced to park haphazardly at non-designated places. At times, people leave their cars with the handbrake pulled up on the way behind the four-wheelers parked at designated places. This troubles the one who had parked his vehicle at a designated place. All this happens due to the absence of attendants and space crunch.

"It is not a parking fee, but an entry fee. There is no facility where attendants help people in parking. They need to manage the parking lot as well," lamented Baljinder Singh Bittu, chairman, Federation of Sector Welfare Association Chandigarh.

At the Sector 22 mobile phone market in front of the Sector 17 ISBT, there was no attendant inside and vehicles were parked haphazardly. The situation was similar at a parking lot near Aroma Hotel and on most facilities on Madhya Marg. At a parking lot in front of the MC's MOH office in Sector 17, people face tough time finding a parking space. There is no attendant to guide them. Some even leave without parking despite having paid the fee.

"The situation is the same at the Bank Square parking. Instead of allowing entry to vehicles when the lot is full, attendants should guide drivers to the multi-level parking lot where there is enough space," said Samir Kumar, a private company employee.

There are other violations at paid parking lots like staff not wearing a uniform and absence of electronic slips.

MC Joint Commissioner Sorabh Arora, who heads the parking wing, has already served notices on parking firms for not complying with the norms.

The MC has now given a November 30 deadline to the agencies to fulfil all "smart parking" conditions, before allowing charging of fee on an hourly basis from December 1.

from The Tribune

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