Ludhiana, November 2
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation and the state AAP government are condemned by traders in various markets after parking rates were repeatedly increased in the city’s civic body parking lots.
A day after traders and employees working at various offices in Feroze Gandhi Market made their voices heard, traders in Sarabha Nagar Market expressed their anger at the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, for raising parking rates on Wednesday .
MP calls meeting of officials and contractor
On Wednesday evening, MP Gurpreet Gogi met with traders and workers from various offices in Feroze Gandhi Market, Sarabha Nagar and Model Town Extension Tuition Market. He called a meeting of shopkeepers, parking contractors and MC officials to resolve the issue.
Traders in Sarabha Nagar market gathered to protest against the parking rate hike and the hourly parking fee system. They said monthly parking pass rates had increased more than fourfold.
Sarabha Nagar Main Market Association chairman Wang said traders and market workers previously paid a monthly pass of 150 rupees for a scooter and 300 rupees for parking. Now the monthly pass fee had been unnecessarily increased to Rs 700 for a scooter and Rs 1,400 for a car. In addition, a system of hourly parking charges has been introduced. The increased parking rates were unjustified and merchants would not pay the increased fees, he said.
Another market businessman, Sukhjinder Singh Gill, claimed that the parking contractor had deployed bouncers and that the contractor’s men also misbehaved with some employees working at the contractor’s office today. today. “For issuing monthly passes, I was charged Rs 5,000 for parking my and staff vehicles, but no monthly passes or payment slips were issued. We will be forced to close stores if the rate increases are not revoked,” he said.
Students among the most affected
Hundreds of students come to study at various coaching centers at Tuition Market of Model Town Extension and they are also forced to suffer after the MC raises the parking rates. A coaching center owner said: “It is difficult for students to pay high parking fees. Previously, students paid Rs 10 for scooter parking for the whole day. Now the MC has introduced an hourly parking fee system which is a big inconvenience for students taking classes for more than two hours here. Many students take classes for five hours or more. Such a decision to increase parking rates should be revoked.
Amarjit Singh Tikka, a BJP leader, said, “Around 2,000 students regularly visit the tuition market. It would be difficult for the parents of many students to arrange a monthly pass fee of Rs 700 for scooter parking. Also, the hourly parking pricing system is not a good decision. In fact, it was necessary to reduce the surcharge instead of increasing parking rates in the city. The decision to increase parking rates should be reversed.
Meanwhile, a delegation from the Feroze Gandhi Market Association has submitted a memorandum to Commissioner MC against the parking rate hike. Traders in Feroze Gandhi Market and Sarabha Nagar Market also raised the issue before Ludhiana West MP Gurpreet Gogi.
Inderdeep Singh, president of Calibar Plaza Welfare Society (AC Market), near Bhadaur House, said the rise in parking rates had placed an additional burden on them and visitors.
BJP protests at Feroze Gandhi market
BJP leader’s lawyer Bikram Singh Sidhu and others staged a protest against the state AAP government and market MC Feroze Gandhi for raising parking rates. Sidhu said: “Parking lots have been allocated to a contractor who is close to politicians belonging to the Aam Aadmi party and the Congress. The government must remove the increased rates for scooters and car parking. Otherwise, we will be forced to launch an agitation against the government from Saturday.
Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu said he had received a number of complaints against the parking rate hike. “I will speak to Commissioner MC in this regard. Necessary steps would be taken to resolve the issue,” he said.