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Park at station at own risk again

Parking at the designated zone outside Tatanagar railway station was made free with effect from Monday.

Railway sources said Chakradharpur division terminated its agreement with the private contractor who was looking after the parking lot for the last three months over a payment dispute.

Speaking to The Telegraph, officiating station manager at Tatanagar Rajendra Prasad said: “We a received a letter in this connection from the office of senior divisional commercial manager K.N. Biswas. The outstanding dues amounted to over Rs 18,000 because of which the contract was terminated.” The private contractor was appointed last year on a quotation basis.

Prasad said the private contractor has been directed not to collect parking fees. If he does so anyone can approach the Government Railway Police (GRP) to lodge an FIR against the contractor,” he said.

The senior railway official said people will have to park vehicles at their own risk till such time a new agency or a private contractor is appointed. He also made it clear that the railway authorities will not be held responsible for any theft.

Notably, the contract for the parking lot was bagged by one Anil Kumar Singh of Baridih in November. The Chakradharpur railway division is now hunting for a regular agency which can look after the affairs of the parking lot. In the last four months, tenders were floated twice but not a single bidder responded.

Last year, a similar situation had arisen when employees of the railway’s commercial department, who used to man the parking area, refused to do the job. They cited harassment by vandals and rogue auto-rickshaw drivers.

At that time the railways issued a “Parking at your own risk” signage.

At present, the parking area can accommodate over 200 cars and autos and about 500 two-wheelers.

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