PMC cracks down on ‘pay and park’ operators

ST Correspondent
Sunday, 11 August 2019

“We have received complaints from consumers and moreover, the contractor did not even pay the yearly amount to the corporation,” Muthe added.

Pune: Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) recently cancelled the contract awarded to the contractor to run indoor parking lot in Mahatma Phule Mandai for violating norms set by PMC. The civic body officials are visiting indoor ‘pay and park’ lots to check whether the contractors are following rules and regulation and charging standard parking fees that PMC has set. Corporation has already issued notices to the contractors. Overall, 32 parking lots are being run by private contractors on a contract basis for five years.  

Deputy Municipal Commissioner Rajendra Muthe, who is handling the land management department, said, “PMC has closed down late Satish Misal parking lot located in Mandai area.” 

“We have received complaints from consumers and moreover, the contractor did not even pay the yearly amount to the corporation,” Muthe added.

Muthe said, “We are receiving complaints from consumers that contractors are not issuing a computerised receipt and that they do not mention in and out time on the receipt. After these complaints, we have started this drive. We have sent notices to all contractors for not following the terms and conditions mentioned in the contract documents. We have demanded an explanation from them for not following rules and regulations of the corporation.”

As per PMC’s terms and conditions, contractors should display parking rates and provide identity cards to employees working in parking lots. The other norms being that the contractors should provide computerised parking receipts to customers and maintain cleanliness and should co-operate with customers, etc. PMC has fixed the rate of Rs 14  per hour for four-wheelers and Rs 3 per hour for two-wheelers. 

There are a total of 32 offside parking lots (indoor) in different areas of Pune city. Out of these, 11 parking lots are located in Peth areas and others are in suburban areas. Maximum parking lots are in multi-storied buildings. The corporation collects revenue of  Rs 60 lakh per year from the contractor of each parking lot. According to officials, most of the contractors do not pay this amount on time. They also do not follow the rules of the corporation.

Muthe further added that PMC officials have started random checks at the parking lots. “Our officials will table a report and following that, action will be be taken against defaulters,” he added.

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