ACICM raises objection to MCC’s pay-and-park system

There is no provision for pay-and-park system on roads according to Karnataka Municipal Act, it says

MCC: Days after Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) announcing the implementation of pay-and-park system on Devaraj Urs, Ashoka and Sayyaji Rao roads by end of March, the corporation on Friday was at the receiving end of the immense criticism for its ‘unscientific’ and ‘unrealistic’ decision.

The civic body was criticised for not engaging in a public debate before the announcement and against considering the public opinion. “While you just make rules sitting at the comfort of your office, it is the poor who always become victims of your unscientific and unrealistic decisions,” Association of Concerned and Informed Citizens of Mysore (ACICM) convener M Lakshman told the MCC Mayor B L Bhyrappa.

The resolution to implement pay-and-park system was passed in 2012 and is being implemented in 2016. The move itself was wrong, as the decision taken by the then Mayor, if not implemented during his tenure, becomes void and null. The present mayor should start the process again, consulting the councillors and public, Lakshman said.

Pointing at the Karnataka Municipal Act (KMA) – 1976, Lakshman said that there was no provision to charge vehicles parked on the roadside. “The section 285 and 288(5) of the KMA states against the construction of commercialised parking facility on road. It also states that such places cannot be given on contract basis to collect money from people parking their vehicles on road unless the space belongs to the corporation,” he said.

Lakshman also pointed that every vehicle owner had to pay Lifetime Road Tax to RTO at the time of registration of the vehicle. The Transport Department had to pay 15 percent of the collected amount to the civic body and the police department for the maintenance of the road and the safety of vehicles, which both the departments weren’t demanding, which was sheer foolishness on their parts, he said.

Echoing similar sentiments, members of Mysuru Kannada Vedike staged a dharna in front of the MCC main gate and raised slogans against the MCC’s move to implement pay-and-park system.

“MCC should focus on recovering Rs 1,000 crore revenue which has not been collected since years rather than coming up with decisions which have no provisions in the law. The situation of cellar parking at the Town Hall is disgraceful and the construction is yet to be completed even after eight years.” – M Lakshman, ACICM convener

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