Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Parking at Majestic: Rs 250 per day

Parking at Majestic: Rs 250 per day

Y Maheswara ReddyFirst Published : 29 Dec 2009 04:53:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 29 Dec 2009 11:42:34 AM IST
BANGALORE: So you thought you have your own conveyance and that saves you a lot of trouble.
Well, not completely if you are planning to park your two or four-wheeler at the Majestic bus stand parking lot, especially if you have to keep your vehicle there for over four hours. The reason is that the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has doubled the parking fee for two as well as four-wheelers here, thus inconveniencing people who regularly park their vehicles there.
Though there is no change in parking fee for two-wheelers for up to one hour, car owners have to pay double the amount for the same time. Earlier, the parking fee for a four-wheeler was Rs 5 for up to one hour and Rs 10 from one hour to four hours, Rs 20 for four to eight hours and Rs 20 for above eight hours to 24 hours.
Now, the KSRTC has fixed the parking fee at Rs 10 for an hour, Rs 20 for one to two hours, Rs 60 for two to three hours, Rs 100 for three to four hours and Rs 250 for anything above four hours (till 24 hours). The maximum limit for parking is 15 days. If the owner fails to take his vehicle after that, it will be handed over to the traffic police.
The parking fee for two-wheelers has also increased from Rs 20 to Rs 50 for four hours and above.
Till now, parking vehicles at Majestic Bus Stand has been convenient for those who commute from Bangalore to nearby places. They park the vehicles in morning and take buses to the respective places. While returning, they ride home on their vehicles from there.
“I want to stop parking here because I can’t afford to pay Rs 50 as parking fee for my two-wheeler,” said Ramakrishna, who commutes to Ramanagaram every day.
However, MP Prabhudas, Divisional Controller, KSRTC, said that the objective of the hike was to avoid misuse of the parking place by people who are not KSRTC commuters or visitors. “We came to know that many railway passengers and others who have no parking place at their office premises used to park their vehicles here. We want to stop this,” he said.
On the inconvenience to daily commuters who park their vehicles here, Prabhudas said, “So far no one has complained to me. I can recommend the parking contractor to give some concession in parking fee if any commuter approaches me.”

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