Parking at Cubbon Park to be dearer in 2016

Parking at Cubbon Park to be dearer in 2016

Parking vehicles at Cubbon Park is set to be a costly affair with the horticulture department deciding to hike the fees from January or February next.

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.

Move appreciated
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

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