Will consider reducing fees: Commissioner

The Mysore City Corporation’s (MCC) move to levy parking fee on two-wheelers and four-wheelers from January 1, has led to public ire. The proposal was ratified at the council meeting a couple of days ago with members suggesting that the fee be reduced.

As per the system, the city has been divided into four zones. The locations where density is high are marked A (1), medium density B (2), slight density C (3), and the rest as outskirts (agriculture zones).

Parking fee would depend on the land value. For instance, value of land on D. Devaraj Urs Road is the highest in the city (Rs. 9,600 per sq. ft).

Hence, 0.25 per cent of the land value would be levied as four-wheeler parking fee in the area, which would be Rs. 25. Two-wheelers would pay half the amount.

M. Lakshmana of the Association of Concerned and Informed Citizens of Mysore (ACICM) opposed the proposal stating it was unscientific and against the law. Addressing presspersons here on Sunday, Mr. Lakshmana said as per the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act, civic bodies could not collect parking fee on the streets.

Convenor of the Vidyaranyapuram Residents’ Welfare Association G. Shikharchand Jain said the move was not justified in the wake of increasing prices of essential commodities.

What would happen to shopkeepers who have to park their vehicles for hours together? Such people should be given passes. Persons with disabilities must be given parking free of cost, he said.

N.B. Aradhya, a chartered accountant, claimed in a statement that the MCC was out to entrust the pay-and-parking system to a “mafia” without creating any new facilities for parking.

“People do not park their vehicles on the roads for pleasure, but to carry out certain tasks,” Mr. Aradhya stated.

However, MCC Commissioner M.R. Ravi said he would look into the suggestion made by the councillors on reducing parking fees. He said he would put forth a revised schedule and obtain approval of the council in the next meeting scheduled to be held in January.

Tenders would be invited afterwards.

Funds collected as parking fees will help augment the depleting resources of the MCC.

  • ‘What would happen to shopkeepers who have to park their vehicles for hours together?’

  • ‘The proposal is unscientific and against the law’