Chandigarh

Stringent measures to implement parking norms in Chandigarh, pay up to Rs 3,500 fine

August 17, 2016 05:09 AM

Chandigarh: Facing flak over closure of Rs 50 crore multilevel parking project in Sector 17, the municipal corporation has decided to run the lot on its own from August 11 (Thursday), till the contract is allotted to any agency.

“Any vehicle found parked outside the parking lots or on berms will be challaned. We have decided to run the lot and 30 employees from the engineering department and the parking branch will be put on the job,” mayor Arun Sood said. The Congress, however, has said that the MC does not have powers to issue challans to this extent.

With the lot adding over 900 cars to the parking capacity in Sector 17, the enforcement wing of the MC will challan wrongly parked vehicles in Sector 17 and tow these to its store in the Industrial Area. Such vehicles will be released only on a fine of Rs 1,000 for two-wheelers and Rs 3,500 for four-wheelers. The MC has hired two cranes for towing.

This will mean vehicles outside the parking lots or on road berms. Four sub-inspectors of the enforcement wing will supervise the operation. The MC has also written to the SSP (traffic) and the State Transport Authority (STA) of Chandigarh to discourage people from parking on roads in Sector 17.

“Any vehicle found parked outside the parking lots or on berms will be challaned. We have decided to run the lot and 30 employees from the engineering department and the parking branch will be put on the job,” mayor Arun Sood said. The Congress, however, has said that the MC does not have powers to issue challans to this extent.

“Under MC rules, it can issue challans only up to Rs 500. The mayor cannot start levying challans without a nod from the finance and contract committee. This is undemocratic and will happen for the first time in Chandigarh,” former Congress mayor Pardeep Chhabra said.

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