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Parking peeve for residents

Parking collectors in the steel city are minting money with little regard for guidelines laid out by civic authorities.

The collectors, posted at major market centres of the city, are charging whimsical amounts considerably more than fees specified by civic authorities. They are also allowing vehicles to park at non-designated zones in lieu of a fee.

Consequently, citizens who earlier had to pay Rs 2, Rs 3 and Rs 4 for parking two-wheelers, three-wheelers and four-wheelers, respectively, are currently shelling out Rs 5 for two-wheelers and three-wheelers and Rs 10 for four-wheelers. The irony remains that the slip issued still has the earlier rates printed on it.

Asked why they are charging more, a collector posted in front of Yash Kamal Complex in Bistupur said, “Duniya kahan pahuch gaya hai. Aap do rupya, panch rupya mein pade hain? (The world has progressed so much. You are stuck at a few rupees?)”

He added that one of the reasons behind charging more was lack of enough loose change. “Since we do not have coins, we have chosen to charge in round figures. But if someone refuses to pay more, we don’t argue,” he said.

No wonder, people are furious. “There are no uniform rules for charging parking fees. At some places, Rs 3 is charged for two-wheelers and Rs 5 at others. Moreover, the collectors behave rudely when we say we would pay the prescribed rate,” said Nilesh Ranjan, an LIC agent.

Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) special officer R.N. Dwivedi said this time, they gave the tender of collecting parking fees at designated zones to one Sanjay Thakur, who has to pay Rs 80,000 every month.

“We have permitted him to collect charges from eight places in Bistupur and Sakchi. But, if they are collecting money from other places too, we will take action,” he said.