In a move that could be perceived as reneging on its election manifesto, two BJP-ruled civic agencies may increase parking charges in the city.
In the manifesto, the party had promised that it would not impose additional taxes on residents, but the corporations may increase parking charges in their budget.
North Municipal Corporation Leader of House Mahendra Nagpal said representatives of three corporations will meet to decide on the hike.
“We will keep parking rates uniform across the city. It has been duly decided to keep the rates uniform in corporations,” Mahendra Nagpal said.
The South Municipal Corporation was the first to hike parking rates. Earlier, the parking fee was Rs 10 for 10 hours for cars.
The Standing Committee has approved rates of Rs 20 for first three hours and Rs 10 for each subsequent hour for four-wheelers.
According to North corporation councillors, the civic agency is mooting the proposal of hike in parking rates. “We will not increase the rates as suggested by officials. The increase was manifold, but we will certainly hike parking rates. The increase will be nominal,” a councillor said.
The Opposition, Congress, is opposing the BJP’s decision to hike parking rates. Leader of Opposition Mukesh Goel said BJP had cheated its voters by going back on its promises. “They could have increased revenues by bringing all properties in the tax net. The contract charges of parking sites should be revised. It will bring in more revenue for the corporation. Increasing parking rates will not solve the problem,” Goel said.
For two-wheelers, the new rate is Rs 10 for first three hours and Rs 5 for each additional hour. As of now, the charges are Rs 5 for 10 hours. The proposals were cleared by the South corporation Standing Committee in its meeting last Wednesday.
The East corporation is also expected to hike parking rates. “We will monitor the two budget of the other corporations and may hike parking charges too,” a councillor said.
In the North corporation budget, to be announced on Tuesday, councillors’ development funds are expected to be increased.