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Posted at: Jun 14, 2019, 8:00 AM; last updated: Jun 14, 2019, 8:00 AM (IST)

MC plans to add 39 more paid parking lots

Civic body parking committee discusses modalities in this regard
MC plans to add 39 more paid parking lots
A file photo of a parking lot in Chandigarh.

Sandeep Rana
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, June 13

In what could be a blow to city residents, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation is deliberating on raising the number of paid parking lots from 60 to 99.

Besides multi-level parking and 25 paid lots (comprising 60 parking spaces), which were earlier with a private contractor and now with the civic body, 39 more could be added to the list. An MC parking committee today discussed the modalities in this regard.

If the parking committee proposes the new addition, it will go to the MC General House meeting for approval. If implemented, several new market parking lots are likely to be turned into paid ones for the first time ever in the history of the city.

Though this is expected to streamline the parking scenario, residents feel it is going to burn a hole in their pockets, besides inconveniencing them while making entry and exit each time they visit their neighbourhood markets. Locals want it should not be done and even if it is done, charges should be minimal so that they can support the move and can bear with it.

Parking committee chairman and former Mayor Arun Sood told Chandigarh Tribune that “The move of adding 39 more paid parking lots is on a discussion stage yet. Arrangements are being made in such a way that internal market parking areas are not converted into paid ones. Only major markets on V-3 roads will be made paid, if proposed and decided.”

“Rates have not been decided yet. Even the areas that are to be changed have also not been decided yet,” said the councillor.

The committee members today discussed and decided to create four zones for running paid parking lots throughout the city. Sectors 16 and 17 would be in zone one, while Sectors 22, 34, 35 and 43 would be in zone two.

Similarly, Sectors 20, 26, Mani Majra, Elante Mall Industrial Area, Phase I, Fun Republic and tourist buses parking area, Mani Majra, would fall in zone three, while Sectors 7, 8 and 9 will come under zone four.

The committee further suggested that proper space would be earmarked for parking two-wheelers and four-wheelers in each parking lot.

The members asked the officers concerned to put up a detailed list of non-paid parking lots where market welfare associations are applying for running and maintaining parking lots on free of cost or on a no profit no loss basis.

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