The State government’s new parking policy came into effect from Sunday,bringing in much-needed respite from fleecing of vehicle owners in the name of parking fee by malls and commercial establishments

Following complaints of exorbitant parking fee being collected by malls and also on there being no uniformity in the parking fee collection, the government came up with a new parking policy on March 20 effective April 1.

As per the building rules, adequate number of off street parking spaces will have to be provided by the owners of commercial establishments, malls and multiplexes to meet the demand generated by their employees and visitors.

Accordingly, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy instructed all Deputy Municipal Commissioners to ensure that copies of the new parking policy orders are fixed at the malls,

establishments, multiplexes etc.

He also instructed officials to deploy personnel for enforcement of the rules at the malls and other places for effective implementation of orders. Several malls including Inorbit Mall, SLN Terminus, Reliance Mart, Central, Gachibowli and others had copies of the new orders pasted in their premises, GHMC officials said.

While many commercial establishments and malls started the implementation of provisions on Sunday, complaints were made on some for not following them and continuing to collect parking fee from visitors even for initial 30 minutes of free parking time.

A mall at Panjagutta continued to collect Rs 10 parking fee from the visitors even for the initial 30 minutes free time. The mall staff said parking fee would be reimbursed, if any shopping bill or movie tickets were produced.

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