Parking fee move put on hold for 3 months

Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike has put on hold the move to introduce exorbitant parking fee for three months. The decision was taken after Kacharakanahalli Corporator Padmanabh Reddy sought to discuss the issue in the Council.

Mayor B S Sathyanarayana said the parking fee can be introduced only after three months after any corporator exercises Rule 51 of KMC Act. The Palike would build a consensus by inviting various social organisations and non governmental organisations before introducing any parking fee in City.

BBMP Commissioner

M Lakshminarayana said BBMP would implement the parking policy with regard to parking fee in a phased manner. “Already people are paying fee to private persons operating the parking stand. Now BBMP wants to do it. The money collected from parking fee would be utilised to provide better civic amenities to people,” Lakshminarayana said.

Parking passes

On exorbitant parking rates, he said there will be monthly and annual parking passes where concession would be given to people. The employers should also create parking space in the building if they want to save the earnings of their employees. Employers can also deposit money in Palike’s account, if they are concerned about their employees to use BBMP’s road for parking space, he said Lokayukta Justice Y Bhaskar Rao has directed the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike to identify areas where parking fee is being collected illegally.

Identification tags

During a meeting here on Friday, the Lokayukta said citizens need not pay parking fee to unauthorised persons and the Palike has to issue identification tags to persons manning such parking lots. He directed the BBMP and the police to make concerted efforts in checking the illegal collection of parking fee.

City Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar, who was present in the meeting, said the BBMP should help in identifying places where parking fee is being collected illegaly.
Palike Commissioner Lakshminarayana said persons collecting parking fee illegally will be dealt with strictly.

“If any citizen is harassed for parking fees where there is no authorisation by the BBMP, they may lodge a complaint at the nearest police station and action will be taken,” he said.

Lack of toilets, drinking water and garbage pile up in KR Market were discussed in the meeting.

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