Govt working on a comprehensive parking policy

Move will prevent malls and theatres from fleecing visitors with exorbitant parking fee

By Author  |  Published: 14th Apr 2017  12:07 am
GHMC Mayor Bonthu Rammohan addressing the general body meeting on Thursday. Photo: By Arrangement

Hyderabad: To prevent malls and theatres from fleecing visitors with exorbitant parking fee, the State government is coming up with a comprehensive parking policy, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy has said on Thursday.

Replying to a poser during the GHMC general body meeting from Bagh Amberpet corporator K Padmavathi , who pointed out that malls, commercial complexes and theatres in the city were collecting high parking fees from visitors, the Commissioner said the GHMC did not have specific guidelines to regulate parking fee charged for the same.

However, with complaints pouring in from many quarters, the State government was preparing a parking policy for all municipalities and the same would be implemented in Hyderabad as well, he said.

Issues pertaining to protection of graveyards, sanitary workers and summer action plan among others too were discussed at length during the meeting. There are 896 graveyards in the GHMC limits, out of which 24 are being developed as model graveyards at an expenditure of Rs 25.47 crore. Most of the corporators complained about lack of compound walls around graveyards in their divisions. They wanted the officials to construct compound walls to save the lands from encroachments. Chandanagar Corporator B Navatha complained that despite households segregating dry and wet waste at source level, many sanitary workers were mixing the waste in the auto-trolleys, defeating the very purpose of waste segregation. She suggested that sanitary workers should be made to collect dry and wet waste on alternate days.

She also wanted officials to provide public addressing systems for workers to announce their arrival for garbage collection. A debate took place between Mayor Bonthu Rammohan and Mehdipatnam corporator Majid Hussain over the GHMC’s summer action plan. When Hussain insisted on a discussion on the issue, the Mayor replied that it could be discussed after question hour since the issue was not on the agenda.

Later in the session, Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy said there was no dearth of water this summer and that measures are already being taken to ensure sufficient water supply.

Instructions have been issued to officials to repair defunct borewells and about Rs 9 crore was sanctioned for these works, he said. The Mayor added that Reverse Osmosis plants would be installed in areas, wherever there was a requirement. Regarding unauthorised cell towers, the Commissioner said there was no policy on the issue and that about 3,300 towers were installed across the city. Provisional clearance was accorded to 1,179 towers and regarding the other towers, a case was pending in the court, he added. A total of 65 items on the agenda were approved by the council during Thursday’s meeting.

Advertisement Policy

The GHMC is planning to frame an advertisement policy, besides going for geo-tagging of hoardings in the city to keep a check on unauthorised hoardings. This was disclosed by GHMC Commissioner during the general body meeting. He said guidelines like fixing the size of a hoarding, advertisement charges etc., were being worked out on the lines of advertisement policies of the Delhi and Kolkata municipal corporations. There are 2,651 hoardings in the city, of which 331 were found to be unauthorized. During 2015-16, Rs 39.60 crore was generated through advertisements. This however had fallen to Rs 22.92 crore in 2016-17. After a unipole collapsed last year, advertisements on hoardings were banned for about four months. This apart, many bus shelters had to be relocated due to different works, officials said.