MCC to face PIL over Pay and Park row

N B Aradhya, the founder of Seva organisation announced yesterday that he will file a public interest litigation against MCC’s decision to charge vehicles for parking on select main roads in the city.  


Press Club: Demanding the local authority to withdraw its proposed pay and park service, the Seva organization founder N B Aradhya said that he will file a public interest litigation (PIL) against Mysuru City Corporation for its initiation to introduce pay and park service for vehicles in major roads in the city. The organization members said that they will support all the organizations protesting against parking fee for vehicles.


Addressing mediapersons here on Wednesday, Aradhya said that NGO members have already filed an RTI application to seek information with regard to MCC council’s decision on pay and park service, public opinion taken, the terms and conditions levied on contractors and other details.


“MCC’s decision to call tender to collect fee for parking vehicles in major commercial areas is unscientific and will give rise to parking mafia. After getting the information, a PIL will be filed in the court.” he said.


Aradhya said that instead of collecting fee for parking vehicles on major roads, MCC should levy fine on commercial building owners for failing to construct cellars or parking areas in their buildings.


“MCC had made a futile attempt earlier to introduce pay and park by tabling a resolution. The decision was taken back after public protest. As Mysuru is a tourist hub, MCC’s decisions should be people-friendly. We demand free parking service at all tourism places like Mysuru Palace, railway stations, bus stands, government buildings and religious centres,” he said.


“It is a democratic country. Before taking any decision, they should have held discussions and even taken public opinion but in this case they have taken decision on their own which is not justifiable. It is always better to have a healthy discussion before coming out with such initiatives. When compared to Bengaluru, population in Mysuru is less. Hence pay and park is not required for another five years,” said B M Gadkar, President Seva Organisation.


 About Pay and Park

A few days back during a Mysuru City Corporation meeting, authorities decided to implement “Pay and Park” system on an hourly basis Devaraj Urs road, Ashoka Road and Sayaji Rao Road. It was sdecided that the fee will be charged on hourly basis for both two and four wheelers and that the final decision on the fee amount will be taken during the standing committee meeting scheduled on coming Friday. It may be recalled that the MCC had decided to introduce Pay and Park system in 2012 itself but was not implemented due to heavy opposition from the public. According to a survey, majority of these spaces have been occupied by the shopkeepers themselves who park their vehicles from morning till they close their shops.



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