(G.N.S) Dt. 21
Telangana government has come out with orders prescribing rules for charging parking fee by multiplexes, malls and commercial establishments in the city and other urban areas.
The order by the Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department, however, does not prescribe any limit on the amount of parking fee that can be charged for two-wheelers and four-wheelers.
As per the order, which would come into force from April 1, parking should be unconditionally free for the first half an hour. After 30 minutes and before one hour of parking, parking fee may be collected if the person fails to produce a bill or a movie ticket in proof of having shopped or used the services in the respective mall or multiplex. Free parking would be extended to one hour if the person produces a bill of any amount.
After an hour of parking, the person, however, should produce a bill for the amount higher than the parking fee, if free parking is to be availed. Fee as per the prescribed norms for the said duration may be collected if no such bill is produced.
The orders come as a relief for many who have been complaining about the huge parking fee charged by multiplexes, shopping malls, hotels, restaurants and such commercial establishments.
As per the GHMC building rules, all commercial complexes and malls are expected to provide mandatory parking space for their customers, and GHMC alone has the prerogative to collect parking fee, either directly or through outsourcing.
However, many establishments have not been adhering to the rules, and have been collecting exorbitant parking fee ranging between ₹20 and ₹50.
The building rules enjoin the multiplexes and shopping malls to provide 60% of the total built-up area for parking, while for hotels and restaurants, cinema halls and other commercial buildings, it is 40% of the total built-up area. For residential apartments, hospitals, educational institutions, it is limited to 30%.
On the flip side, the orders may lead to collection of parking fee under certain conditions by establishments which have hitherto refrained from charging their customers for parking.
(G.N.S) Dt. 21