- MCC to call for parking tenders from private parties for the sixth time
- MCC itself to implement pay & park if no private party comes forward
Mysuru: Get ready to pay and park your vehicles on D. Devaraja Urs Road and Ashoka Road as the Mysuru City Corporation is all set to introduce the system and take the responsibility of implementing and managing it in case no private party comes forward.
Already the MCC has called parking tender five times and there were no takers and the civic body will call the tender for the sixth time in a couple of days, probably the last chance for private firms to implement, operate and maintain the system.
The decision has been taken after the issue was raised during a meeting in city chaired by Minister for Urban Development U.T. Khader last week where the Minister had asked MCC officials to deal with parking crisis and introduce pay-and-park facility, at least on key roads.
The pay-and-park system in the Central Business District (CBD) was proposed in 2016 under Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) system but the MCC was not able to implement the same.
The first tender was called on 7.10.2016, the second on 2.2.2017, third on 14.4.2017, fourth on 11.5.2017 and the fifth tender was called on 23.6.2017.
No private party came forward to accept the tender as the tender conditions laid down by the MCC were stringent and one of them was digital ticket vending machines had to be installed every 60 metres of D.D. Urs Road and Ashoka Road, sources said and added that the tender conditions were not feasible for private parties who make huge investment.
On the D.D. Urs Road, from the Shivarampet Junction to the JLB Road Junction, 900 two-wheelers and 220 four-wheelers can be parked. In case of Ashoka Road, from the Silver Jubilee Clock Tower (Dodda Gadiyara) till the Irwin Road (Nehru Circle), 400 two-wheelers and 150 four-wheelers can be parked.
Once the system is in place, for the first one hour of parking, one has to pay Rs. 10 for four-wheelers and pay Rs. 5 for every subsequent extra hour. For two-wheelers, it will be Rs. 5 for the first hour and Rs. 3 for every subsequent hour.
Speaking to Star of Mysore this morning, B.R. Suresh, Superintending Engineer (Electrical) of MCC said that the pay-and-park facility will be introduced once the tender is called for the sixth time. “If there are no takers like the previous occasions, the MCC itself will take over the pay-and-park facility on Devaraja Urs Road and Ashoka Road,” he said.
“Parking spaces in the Central Business District are being used by shopkeepers to park their vehicles, depriving tourists and shoppers of the facility. Over 90% of the cars parked on D.D. Urs Road every day belong to shopkeepers. As a result, surrounding roads get clogged with vehicles parked haphazardly,” he said.
Even the Traffic Police have requested the MCC to introduce the pay-and-park system as it would act as an efficient way to prevent parked vehicle theft, Suresh added. The MCC has, however, decided only on introducing the payment system on Devaraja Urs Road and Ashoka Road and not Sayyaji Rao Road.
The MCC has been unable to reopen the multi-level car and two-wheeler parking on the Town Hall premises due to water-logging. Water has entered the basement and there is unbearable stench. “We will clear the water and seal the water entry points and then call for tenders for Town Hall parking,” MCC officials said. The Town Hall parking facility that was thrown open for public during Dasara was stopped following complaints of fleecing of motorists by the parking contractor.