After Hyderabad’s Inorbit Mall that faced the flak for high parking fees, it’s time for the malls in Pune to brace themselves since something similar might happen with them.
President of All India Grahak Panchayat, Vijay Sagar said,“We are also writing a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and CM Fadnavis, demanding the removal of parking fees in malls. We have asked that the government should take back all the money paid till date. If the police do not initiate action, we will help the consumers approach the court.”
This week, the police booked a case against Inorbit Mall in Cyberabad, Hyderabad for charging Rs 30 for the vehicle parked only for 10 minutes. The case was registered with police by a resident named Vijay Gopal after he was charged such hefty fee.
Puneites have demanded similar action against the mall and advocate Asim Sarode wrote a letter to Devendra Fadnavis. He has also planned to meet Police Commissioner Rashmi Shukla to demand legal action.
Mr. Sarode explained that parking space in malls is not included in Floor Space Index (FSI) and does not come in the ambit of property tax. Thus one cannot use it for commercial gains. He notified about necessary actions taken and also the request to amend the law and issue a Government Resolution (GR).
However, some citizen argued that malls providing an underground parking space need to build a slab and supporting columns. Some places even provide mechanized parking and thus such constructions require money to build. It also requires operational cost like the cleaning and security staff.
Nonetheless, parking charges at many malls in Pune are high.
Source: Pune Mirror