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As reported by Yunus Lasania in newindianexpress.com on 18 May 2013:

http://newindianexpress.com/cities/hyderabad/Motorists-get-taken-for-a-ride/2013/05/18/article1595346.ece

Motorists get taken for a ride

 

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The response to the query about the allotment of parking spaces in the city has revealed that not more than Rs10 should be charged for four wheelers for the first two hours, and not more than Rs 5 for every extra hour. Similarly, the price to pay for parking a two-wheeler is just Rs 5 for for the first two hours, and Rs 3 per subsequent hour. | EPS

 

Ever felt that you were being fleeced at public parking spots due to the exorbitant charges? An RTI query proves that hunch and highlights the blatant violation by those managing the Greater Hyderabad Muncipal Corporation (GHMC) public parking spaces in the city.

The response to the query about the allotment of parking spaces in the city has revealed that not more than Rs10 should be charged for four wheelers for the first two hours, and not more than `5 for every extra hour. Similarly, the price to pay for parking a two-wheeler is just `5 for for the first two hours, and `3 per subsequent hour.

All Hyderabadis would agree that at various public parking spots in the city, the spots are priced way higher, ranging from `20 for four-wheelers and `10 for two-wheelers. The parking tickets mention in print that the charge is applicable for only one hour and extra charges would be levied after that, without a mention of the amount – a clear violation of GHMC norms.

“Not even a single parking place in the city has the tickets printed in accordance to the norms. Those who have licenses are supposed to carry a copy of their license at all times. Hundreds of people use the facility and the additional amount minted due to the misuse is unimaginable,” said RTI activist CJ Karira, who filed the query.

GHMC rules also stipulate that the licensee should exhibit the rates in English, Telugu and Urdu at the parking lot Many parking lots were devoid of any sort of information with only a ‘GHMC Parking’ signboard visible. Moreover, even the tickets were unclear about the rates and other information, as some did not even specify the additional charges to be levied after the first two hours of parking. Some tickets in fact did not even have ‘GHMC’ printed on them.

“The managements are also supposed to mention the operation time of the parking lots. None of the licensed parking lots mention this. The licensees are cheating people and GHMC seems to have turned a blind eye,” said Karira, slamming the civic authority. When contacted for clarification, GHMC officials said that they would look into the matter, but refused to comment.

 

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