KARACHI: Karachi Metropolitan Corporation commissioner Matanat Ali Khan has directed the relevant departments and contractors to ensure that the correct rate is charged for parking fees.
Taking notice of the complaints that a higher amount was being charged by contractors than the fixed rate, Khan said that anyone involved in such practices would face disciplinary action and their charged parking contract will be cancelled immediately.
He said this while addressing a meeting to discuss parking spaces of vehicles, the complaints of citizens and the problems of charged parking contractors. The meeting was attended by Charged Parking director Raza Abbas Rizvi, other officers and contractors.
Khan said that the citizens’ complaints must be resolved immediately and officers should visit the parking sites and ensure that citizens were being charged the fixed amount with respect to parking fee. He said that charged parking should be viewed as a facility for citizens Eidul Fitr approaching, the rush of vehicles around bazaars and shopping centres which would cause much disruption to the traffic.
City wardens had been deployed in these areas along with traffic police to supervise traffic flow so that citizens are saved from difficulties at rush hours, he apprised.
Khan appealed to the citizens that they should make complaints if they were being charged more than the fixed parking fee so that disciplinary action could be taken against such contractors.
He also directed the anti-encroachment director to take measures to curb encroachments in these areas and suggested to the contractors that they form a committee to present their recommendations.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 18th, 2013.