Thursday, July 30, 2009

KSRTC ends unfare parking

KSRTC ends unfare parking
A Bangalore Mirror report on the parking scam at Kempe Gowda bus stand has forced KSRTC to terminate the services of the parking contract
B K LAKSHMIKANTHA & SUCHITH KIDIYOOR


Jolted into action by a Bangalore Mirror report, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) on Wednesday terminated the contract awarded to a private party to collect parking charges from motorists at the Kempe Gowda bus stand.
Bangalore Mirror’s front page story ‘Unfare’ on Wednesday had highlighted how the parking contractor was making a killing by overcharging motorists at Kempe Gowda bus stand. Though the parking contractor was supposed to collect a parking fee of Rs 2 per hour for a two-wheeler, he was collecting Rs 5 per hour. He had been fleecing motorists for the last two-and-a-half years.
Reacting to Bangalore Mirror’s report, KSRTC Managing Director Gaurav Gupta stated that action had been taken to cancel the licence given for collecting parking fare for twowheelers at the bus station. Alternative arrangements will be made. This apart, KSRTC will shortly introduce computerised ticket issue system for twowheeler parking at the station, he stated. The contractor has been given a weeks time to vacate the premises, sources said. Following this, KSRTC will deploy its personnel to manage the parking system.

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