Monday, January 31, 2005

No automated parking meters on MG Road

No automated parking meters on MG Road

BMP has entered into an agreement to install parking meters and to terminate the contract it has to pay huge amount says BMP Commisssioner

Deccan Herald

Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) is likely to drop its plans to introduce automated parking meters on M G Road following its decision to scrap parking fee collection on Saturday.

However, it may go ahead with its similar plans on Commcercial Street.
BMP Commissioner K Jothiramalingam told the BMP council said that BMP has already entered into an agreement with traders’ associations on Commercial street for five years to install parking meters as has been done on the lines of Brigade Road.

The agreement for installing the meters is signed under Indian Contract Law and not KMC Act. “Hence, it is not as easy to terminate the contract,” he said.
If BMP has to terminate the contract with traders on these roads, it has to pay huge amount of money as compensation, besides returning the earnest money deposit. “Any decision should therefore be taken after a thorough discussion,” he suggested.

Mr Jothiramalingam, however, said that BMP council is the supreme authority and whatever decision it takes will be implemented. On multi-storey parking complexes -- on J C Road, K G Road and Magrath Road, he said: “BMP has spent huge amount of money in constructing them. We may have to discuss in detail before taking a decision on introducing free parking in these places.”

Regularise parking in City: Trades Assn

The representatives of the Bangalore Trades Association are already up in arms against the BMP for their decision to scrap the pay and park system in the City. The Association fears that such a move would reduce profits and drive the customers away from the shopping areas for want of parking spaces, reports DHNS from Bangalore.

“I object to such a move. Scrapping the parking fees altogether will create a lot of confusion in the City. At least the major commercial hubs such as M G Road, Brigade and Commercial must have parking fees,” secretary Bangalore Trades Association Bhoopalam P Srinath told Deccan Herald.

People will park their cars on M G Road at 10 am and will move out only at 10 at night. The shoppers and those visiting M G Road will not have parking space and we (traders) will lose out on our customers and our business will be hit. We will call on the Commissioner of Bangalore Mahanagara Palike and will put forth our problems, he added.


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