The Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) has decided to collect user fees for the use of public space for parking of vehicles on major roads in the city including Devaraja Urs Road, Sayyaji Rao Road and Ashoka Road.At the MCC Council meeting held on Tuesday evening, members discussed in detail about the proposal and decided to go ahead with the proposal.
Two-wheeler riders would have to pay Rs 5 for parking for an hour and Rs 3 for every additional hour and four-wheelers have to pay Rs 10. Bicycles are, however, exempted from the rule.The meeting was headed by Mayor B L Bhyrappa, Deputy Mayor Vanitha Prasanna and MCC Commissioner Dr C G Betsurmath.
The council refused to give any concession to shopkeepers in parking charges. Corporators, cutting across party lines, said any concession to them will lead to misuse the core purpose of imposing the rule. This will lead to parking of vehicles for long hours especially by shopkeepers, corporators argued.They also opposed the proposal to issue monthly passes for shopkeepers which was fixed at Rs 1000 for four wheelers and Rs 500 for two wheelers.
Earlier, Ward 57 Corporator B M Nataraj raised questions about pay and parking and pointed out that the initiative lacked clarity and was leading to confusion. It requires detailed discussion in the council before passage. The proposal placed by Mayor B L Bhyrappa last month to provide monthly passes to shopkeepers benefits only business class and not common man, he said.
Ward 31 Corporator T Girish Prasad also argued that monthly passes would benefit only businessmen. “They occupy public places at concession rates while there is no space for the common man to park their vehicles. This is unfair,” he said. Corporator Sandesh Swamy also added that pay and parking was a huge lobby in cities.
He demanded that the pay and park system must be applicable only for four-wheelers and not two-wheelers.Responding to the debate, Mayor Bhyrappa said that the pay and parking system would help boost MCC revenues and also would provide solutions to the city’s parking problems.During the discussion, Corporator M V Ramprasad demanded the MCC Commissioner to take action against shop owners who have rented out their parking space on the D Devaraj Urs Road.
ROW OVER CM’S GRANTS
The council meeting witnessed heated discussions over Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s special grant of Rs 350 crore that has been utilized for various development activities through the MCC. Most of the corporators expressed ignorance of Rs 350 crore and sought clarifications from the Mayor and the commissioner. Corporator Sandesh Swamy said: “Whenever we approach Chief Minister Siddaramaiah over taking up developmental initiatives, often he asks about details of welfare works undertaken by his special grant that amounts Rs 350 crore.
When the CM has said that a special grant Rs 350 crore has been released, I was really shocked due to lack of information. It seems like the MCC authorities are deliberately avoiding corporators to keep them away.” The issue was also raised by Corporator Fairoz Khan and former Mayor Purushotham.
Meanwhile, MLA Vasu said that the council meeting chaired by Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Commissioner has to understand their responsibilities and the chair has to answer majority of queries raised by members. Allowing officers from different sections to answer every question clearly shows their lack of knowledge,” he remarked.
REDUCE FEE IN SWIMMING POOL
Corporator Prashanth strongly objected the collection of Rs 60 as entry fee for swimming pool in Mayor’s ward at J P Nagar though the University of Mysore swimming pool ticket is Rs 40. The MCC should reduce the fare, he demanded. Former Mayor R Lingappa and other corporators also raised similar questions and said that reducing the fee would benefit poor swimmers.
PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES
Corporator M V Ramprasad raised the issue of water being supplied in plastic bottles at the meeting at a time when the MCC was bent upon banning plastic across the city. He suggested that glass containers must be used to supply water. Water bottles were then taken away from the council hall.