New Delhi: The South Corporation will urge residents not to pay parking fee at many private hospitals and malls in south Delhi which have been “illegally” charging customers for the service.
A majority of private hospitals and malls in south Delhi charge for parking while having shown it as a free service in their building plans, the area civic body said on Wednesday.
“We will be shortly identifying these sites and put it up on our website. We urge the public not to pay parking fee. Some of these hospitals have been given land at concessional rates on the premise that they will reserve a percentage of their beds for economically weaker sections. How can they charge patients for parking then?” said Ashish Sood, leader of municipal House.
Sood said the civic body will soon start a public awareness campaign on the parking issue to force errant malls and hospitals to get a licence for commercial parking.
Corporation officials said notices were being sent to all such malls and hospitals ordering them to make parking free or get a licence for using the space for commercial purposes.
“While getting their building plans approved, these establishments get a relaxation on floor area ratio on the premise that the parking would be free. But they end up making a business out of it,” said Radhey Shyam Sharma, chairman of the corporation’s standing committee. The committee passed a resolution on Wednesday on the issue.
Sood said, across the world, basement parking was cheaper than that on the surface, factoring in the hassle one has to go through for going underground. “But here we see malls charging Rs 100 for parking a scooter for an hour in the basement,” he said.
He also said that parking fees will have to be in sync with the rates determined by the South Corporation. “Our rates range from Rs 20 to 30. Under the DMC Act we are well within our rights to impose such orders,” he added.
Farhad Suri, leader of opposition, South Corporation, said, “These malls and hospitals should not be charging patients or shoppers any parking fees. If this move goes through we will be extending this to other establishments who are making a killing from commercial parking.”
There are around 35 private hospitals and 39 malls in the South Corporation’s jurisdiction. Dinaz Madhukar, senior vice president of DLF Retail, which owns DLF Emporio and Promenade malls, refused to comment on the issue. “We haven’t received any notice yet and without official communication from the corporation we can’t comment,” she said.
Max Healthcare authorities said, “We have not received any such notice. When we do, we will respond accordingly.”
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