Parking at Cubbon Park to be dearer in 2016
The proposed hike will be applicable to two-wheelers, cars maxi cabs, minibuses and cars. According to department officials, the move is being made in the wake of motorists parking their vehicles for long hours on the park premises against a paltry fee.
For the first time, the fee has also been fixed separately on the basis of the hourly duration of the parking. The rates have been fixed on the basis of the following: first three hours, three hours to six hours and more than six hours.
For instance, the two-wheelers have to shell out Rs 15 for the first three hours of parking, Rs 45 for three to six and Rs 10 for every hour beyond that. The same pattern also applies to other categories of vehicles like cars, maxi cabs and minibuses. The parking fee will be collected by a private company the tender for which has been floated already, the department said.
Deputy Director, horticulture department (Cubbon Park), Mahantesh Murugod said the current rate is very low and the move is expected to fetch the department Rs 40 lakh annually.
VEHICLE EXISTING* first 3 hrs 3-6 HRS 6 hrs, per hr
Two-wheeler Rs 10 Rs 15 Rs 45 Rs 10
Car Rs 20 Rs 25 Rs 75 Rs 10
Maxi cab Rs 60 Rs 80 Rs 24 Rs 20
Minibus Rs 80 Rs 100 Rs 30 Rs 40
“Those working at MG Road, Church Street and other parts of the Central Business District prefer to park their vehicles here for the whole day. The fee has been increased at malls and commercial complexes. Taking a cue from them, we have also proposed to hike the fees. The new parking fee will be effective in January-end or February first week,” he said.
While environmentalist Yellappa Reddy welcomed the move, Vinay Sreenivas of Hasiru Usiru, a green group, said they have already been demanding for the hike. He said: “Even if the fee is increased to Rs 200-300 every hour for cars, it is not wrong. But, the fee should be not hiked further for two-wheelers.”
The department has also earmarked five places for parking. They include: the stretch between the statues of Victoria and Edward, Ringwood Circle, the road behind the KSLTA, Central Library Road and Bal Bhavan Road.
Parking at the above places will be allowed from 8 am to 7 pm.
DH News Service