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Posted at: Jun 13, 2019, 7:58 AM; last updated: Jun 13, 2019, 7:58 AM (IST)

Poll code: Open bid for parking lots cancelled

Charanjit Singh Teja

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 12

The Municipal Corporation’s (MC) bidding process for allocation of 10 new parking lots had to be halted due to the imposition of model code of conduct for civic bypolls here on Wednesday. Unaware of the code of conduct, MC officials had called bidders at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan Hall.

Estate Officer Sushant Bhatia said the date of the open bid had been announced before the announcement of the byelections. The byelections for two MC wards are scheduled to held on June 21.

More than 100 bidders had reached for the open bid. As many as 69 bidders deposited Rs 50,000 each as participation fee. MC officials also reached there and preparations were almost done.

Meanwhile, a heated argument was witnessed between a contractor and an MC officer. According to information, a bidder can get only one participation receipt. One of the incumbent parking contractors managed to get several receipts. A number of ruling party councillors also reached the spot to enter the hall. As per the guidelines, only bidders can enter the hall. The councillors, who were interested to get parking lots, got angry when MC officials denied them entry. Amid the mess, someone told the officials concerned that they were violating the model code of conduct. After verifying the enforcement details of the election code, officials cancelled the bid.

“It has been postponed. The next schedule will be announced soon,” said MC Estate Officer Sushant Bhatia.

Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu said, “Earlier, there was no taker of these parking. We have regularised the parking lots and found that it is a major source of revenue. Bidders have shown good interest. Haphazard parking will be streamlined and it will address the parking issue, especially in the walled city area. We will complete the process soon.”

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