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Trichy City Corporation has planned to introduce on-street parking fee

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TRICHY: With a view to generating revenue and streamlining city’s traffic, Trichy City Corporation has planned to introduce on-street parking fee on arterial roads across all four zones of the city. However, irked over the move, a section of the residents have slammed the civic body for going soft on the commercial establishments who have not provided enough parking space for public. They said the corporation is trying to harass the residents in the name of on-street parking fee.

People, who visit the shops in the commercial streets park their vehicles in the streets and on the arterial roads, often creating disturbances for vehicle movement regularly. To streamline the traffic and to generate revenue, the city corporation has identified five spots in Srirangam zone to collect on-street parking fee. Through the move, the corporation will earmark parking space on arterial roads and a contractor will be identified to collect parking fee ranging between Rs 5 and 20 per vehicle on an hourly-basis.

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The revenue will be shared at 50-50 ratio between the contractor and the civic body. As notice boards for the proposed scheme are installed near Chathiram bus stand, a section of the residents have opposed the move. “Instead of insisting on commercial buildings providing parking space, the corporation’s move to collect parking fee will affect the innocent public,” said, M Sekaran, president of the Federation of Consumer and Service Organizations.

As most of the commercial complexes in Chathiram bus stand and Rockfort vicinity are left without parking space, the proposed on-street parking is nothing but a daylight robbery, the residents said. “This is an unfair move which will benefit the commercial complexes that are functioning without parking space. There will be severe opposition for the proposal from the public,” P Aiyarappan, a resident of Allur said.

The corporation was said to have received permission from the state highways and traffic police for the proposal which is likely to be implemented at the parking lots near Chathiram bus stand from March 1. “Safety of the vehicles parked in the specified area will be ensured. This will prevent haphazard parking in commercial streets,” an official source with Trichy City Corporation said. However, a senior official in the civic body said that the proposal is in the preliminary stage and has not been okayed yet.

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