May 18, 2016 4:38:22 am
A DAY after the two parking lots — Empire Store and Sahib Singh in Sector 17 — were re-opened by the Chandigarh civic body, the newly constructed multilevel parking lot received a poor response.
While around 800 cars were being parked at the multilevel parking lot daily since the closure of the two parking lots, only 270 four-wheelers were parked here on Tuesday.
A K Chauhan, managing director of the company who has been given the contract to run the multilevel parking, said, “We did not get even half the number of cars that were being parked here.”
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He added that the decision of reopening of the two parking lots had affected them.
During the presentation on Monday, Municipal Commissioner B Purushartha said that the closure of two parking lots should not be linked with the functioning of the multilevel parking.
Talking to Chandigarh Newsline, Mayor Arun Sood said, “The reopening of two parking lots did affect the multilevel parking. In fact, today we did not keep the two parking lots closed till 11.30 am. In a day or two, we will start with the closure of the parking lots in the morning as per the conditions.”
“As of now, we don’t have stickers. Shopkeepers do not want to spend money daily to park their vehicles at the multilevel parking lot. Even our staff can’t pay money on a daily basis for parking their vehicles,” said a trader of Sector 17.
In the multilevel parking, a car owner is charged Rs 5 for first four hours and Rs 10 up to five hours. Rs 5 is charged for every additional hour after five hours. So the traders will have to pay Rs 5 for additional five hours if their vehicles are without stickers because they have to be in the sector till late in the night.
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